"In your country the novel is an inferior genre; in Ts'ui Pen's period, it was a despised one. Ts'ui Pen was a fine novelist but he was also a man of letters who, doubtless, considered himself more than a mere novelist." (53)
For Ts'ui Pen and Dr. Albert, what makes a novel worth writing or reading? Clearly it can't be all about plot – it has to have a deeper meaning. Isn't this what keeps us reading great literature today?