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Six files of a Floating Life (1809) is a rare mix of autobiography, love tale and social rfile written by way of a guy who used to be knowledgeable as a student yet earned his residing as a civil servant and paintings broker. during this intimate memoir, Shen Fu recounts the family and romantic joys of his marriage to Yun, the attractive and creative lady he fell in love with as a toddler. He additionally describes different incidents of his existence, together with how his loved spouse received a courtesan for him and displays on his travels via China. Shen Fu's beautiful memoir indicates six parallel "layers" of 1 man's existence, loves and profession, with revealing glimpses into chinese language society of the Ch'ing Dynasty.

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I pasted white paper up at the partitions, and shortly it gave the impression of a distinct position completely. I then respectfully expert my mom, and took Yün to stay there. Our simply neighbours have been an previous couple who raised greens for a dwelling. studying we had come to flee the summer’s warmth, they got here to name on us, bringing presents of fish from the pond and greens from the backyard. i attempted to pay for them, yet they wouldn't take something, so Yün made them a few sneakers, which we eventually prevailed on them to simply accept. It used to be then the start of the 7th month, with darkish shadows one of the eco-friendly bushes. there has been a breeze around the water, and the songs of cicadas have been in every single place. The outdated couple additionally made us a fishing pole, and that i took Yün fishing within the deep shadows of the willow timber. whilst the sunlight used to be taking place, we'd climb to the pinnacle of the small hill and respect the twilight. We used to make up impromptu poems there, one line of which was once, ‘Beast-like clouds consume the environment sunlight, the bow-like moon shoots falling stars. ’ After it slow, while the moonlight fell at once into the pond and the sound of bugs got here from throughout, we'd movement the mattress out beside the fence. The outdated girl could come to inform us while the wine was once hot and the meals used to be scorching. we'd drink within the moonlight till we have been a bit tipsy, after which consume. After having a wash, we'd fan ourselves with banana leaves, and take a seat or lie down and hear our previous neighbours telling tales of sin and retribution. 34 At 3 strokes of the evening watch we'd cross in to sleep feeling cool and refreshed. It was once similar to no longer residing within the urban in any respect. We had requested the previous couple to shop for chrysanthemums and plant all of them the way in which round the fence, and whilst the plants bloomed within the 9th month i made a decision to stick there with Yün for ten extra days. approximately then my mom came around us, and appeared rather proud of what she observed. We ate crabs beside the vegetation, and carefully loved the day. ‘One day we must always construct a cottage the following and purchase ten mou of land to make a backyard round it,’ acknowledged Yün fortunately. ‘We can have servants plant melons and greens that will be adequate to survive. What along with your portray and my embroidery, it can supply us adequate to have a bit to drink whereas we wrote poetry. lets reside fairly fortunately donning cotton outfits and consuming not anything yet greens and rice. we might by no means need to depart the following. ’ I deeply wanted shall we achieve this. The cottage continues to be there, yet now i've got misplaced my such a lot intimate pal. it truly is sufficient to make one sigh deeply. approximately part a li from my house,35 on Vinegar Warehouse Lane, was once the Tungting Temple, which we often referred to as the Narcissus Temple. 36 within there have been winding lined paths and a small park with pavilions. each year at the god’s birthday the contributors of every relations organization may assemble of their nook of the temple, hold up a different glass lantern, and erect a throne under it. Beside the throne they'd set out vases choked with vegetation, in a contest to work out whose have been most pretty.

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