Selected Works of Lu Hsun - Vol. 2

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MY MOUSTACHE

This summer I visited Changan,* then drifted home again after more than a month. Friends who knew this asked me:

"What did you think of it?"

Taken aback, I tried to recall Changan, and remembered seeing a good many poplars and huge pomegranate trees there, and drinking a good deal of Yellow River water on the way. But these hardly seemed worth mentioning. So I answered:

"Oh, nothing much."

Then they left me, looking blank, while I stayed there looking blank, ashamed to have disappointed friends who "deigned to question me."

Today I was reading after drinking tea when a drop stained my book, and I realized that my moustache needed cutting again. If you look up the Kang Hsi Dictionary,** no doubt the different categories of beard, whisker and moustache on the upper and lower lips, the cheeks and the jaws all have their special names and posthumous titles; but I had no time to go into this. The thing was that my moustache needed cutting again, and I should have to clip it once more, to stop it getting into my soup or tea. So I found the mirror and scissors, and started clipping, my aim being to make it level with my upper lip.

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*
Present-day Sian, the provincial capital of Shensi.
**
The dictionary compiled under the auspices of Emperor Kang Hsi, who reigned from 1662-1722.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Editor's Note 3
  • Contents 7
  • My Views on Chastity 11
  • Random Thoughts (25) 25
  • Random Thoughts (35) 28
  • Random Thoughts (39) 30
  • Random Thoughts (40) 34
  • Random Thoughts (43) 37
  • Random Thoughts (47) 39
  • Random Thoughts (49) 41
  • Random Thoughts (57)-- Murderers of the Present 43
  • Random Thoughts (58)-- Men Are Just What They Always Were 44
  • Random Thoughts (59)-- "Martial and Sagacious" 47
  • Random Thoughts (62) -- Dying in Bitterness 51
  • What is Required of Us As Fathers Today 53
  • Knowledge is a Crime 70
  • What I Ask of the Critics 75
  • Waiting for a Genius - A Lecture Delivered to the Alumni of the Peking Normal University's Middle School on January 17, 1924 77
  • The Collapse of Leifeng Pagoda 82
  • My Moustache 85
  • Sudden Notions (1) 92
  • More Thoughts on the Collapse of Leifeng Pagoda 94
  • Thoughts Before The Mirror 101
  • Sudden Notions (4) 107
  • On Self-Sacrifice - (chapter XIII of "The Devil's Incantations") 110
  • Fighters and Flies 115
  • Three Summer Pests 116
  • Sudden Notions (5) 118
  • Sudden Notions (6) 121
  • Idle Thoughts at The End of Spring 124
  • Some Notions Jotted Down By Lamp-Light 131
  • Stray Thoughts 142
  • Sudden Notions (7) 145
  • Teachers 148
  • The Great Wall 151
  • Sudden Notions (9) 152
  • After "Knocking Against The Wall" 155
  • Sudden Notions (10) 163
  • Stopgap Writing 168
  • His Mother's! 179
  • On Looking Facts in The Face 185
  • Not Idle Chat (3) 192
  • Kuafuism 200
  • On Deferring Fair Play 208
  • Viii. Conclusion 217
  • This and That 1. on Studying the Confucian Classics And Studying History 219
  • Three Spirits in The Teaching Profession 229
  • The Classics and The Vernacular 234
  • A Few Parables 237
  • On Seeing off The Kitchen God 240
  • On Emperors 245
  • More Roses Without Blooms 248
  • Dangerous Ground 251
  • A Tragicomedy 254
  • In Memory of Miss Liu Ho-Chen 257
  • Empty Talk 263
  • This "Suppression of Reds" 267
  • A Slap-Dash Diary 269
  • A Slap-Dash Diary Continued 274
  • How I Drew My Pay 284
  • Record of a Speech 291
  • Foreword 291
  • A Letter from Shanghai 297
  • A Letter from Amoy 301
  • How "The True Story Of Ah Q" Was Written 305
  • A Letter Written at Sea 314
  • Silent China - A Talk Given at the Hongkong Y.M.C.A. on February The Sixteenth 319
  • Literature of a Revolutionary Period - A Talk Given on April 8 At the Whampoa Military Academy 326
  • Anxious Thoughts On "Natural Breasts" 334
  • Odd Fancies 337
  • Hongkong Again 340
  • Rousseau and Personal Taste 349
  • Literature and Perspiration 353
  • In the Belfry 355
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