Magazine article Chinese Literature Today

Ill Fortune U 20000

Magazine article Chinese Literature Today

Ill Fortune U 20000

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He forgives the countryside cock-a-doodle-doo and the darkness that has not yet receded at cock-a-doodle-doo.

He forgives the primitive stone mill slat-board architecture unimproved upon since the Qin Dynasty. He even

feels a nostalgia for all of this.

He forgives the fountain pens that don't write and the donkey that never thinks straight. He forgives the female

high school instructor who punishes students, forgives this empty-headed woman for locking him inside a

pitch-black classroom.

But he does not forgive humanity's ignorance, even though he forgives the boarded-up compound walls, crowded

streets, and buzzing flies, even though he forgives the guy who gets goosebumps in a warm room.

He forgives the dive of the crow, the loquacity of the flamingo. But he does not forgive the rain of stones and rain

of tiles falling from the heavens. Even though he overcame his irascible temper long ago. …

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