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Lee Jun’s handwriting reveals upright features, weak ending

Lee Jun’s handwriting reveals upright features, weak ending

Posted September. 28, 2018 07:58,   

Updated September. 28, 2018 07:58


King Gojong, the last monarch of the waning Joseon Kingdom, seconded three special envoys including Lee Sang-sul, Lee Jun, and Lee Wui-jong to the 2nd National Peace Conference held at The Hague, Netherlands in 1907. This was to reveal the illegality of the Eulsa Treaty and to appeal for the recovery of Korea’s sovereignty to the international society. Lee Jun, who was seconded as a special envoy, was the first prosecutor of Korea. King Gojong designated him as a special envoy given his legal expertise and strong sense of justice. The Hague envoy, however, ends in a failure as a result of interruption by Japanese delegate Komura Jutaro. Lee Jun was unable to overcome his anger at a hotel in The Hague and dies of illness.

Lee Jun’s handwriting is a mixture of uprightness and simplicity. It not only forms a precise square but is also angular and full of power, which implies how right-minded of a person he was. Upright spirit and vigorous atmosphere can be felt in his entire writing. His handwriting is pure without technique as there is no wrench at the starting point of a stroke and as his strokes are clean. He led the opposition protest for the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1904, strongly resisted the request of the right to pioneer wasteland by Japan as the vice president of the Cooperation Association of Korea. He was even exiled for six months to an island of Hwanghae Province for carrying out anti-Iljinhoi fight.

As one can see from characters such as "田(field)," "白(white)," "石(stone)," the bottom part is much smaller than the upper part. People who have this kind of handwriting are likely to have artistic senses as they share different perspectives from others. It is, however, difficult to keep a balance and become lopsided, which means that there is possibility of a dull finish. The handwriting of a person who seeks stableness and incorporates accomplishment capacity demonstrates the opposite; larger bottom part. This may explain Lee Jun’s act of giving up revealing the corruption and illegality of high-ranking officials as an assistant prosecutor at the Janseong Court of Justice in just one month due to mudslinging of corrupt officials or becoming expelled in eight month while he was working as a prosecutor at Pyongriwon as he created a conflict with his superior who opposed his listing of the Gisando, which tried to punish the five Eulsa traitors at the time, on the exempted peoples list pursuant to King Gojong’s exemption order.