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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #4

"What is this nonsense?" I asked her, putting the strips of paper in my pocket, thinking I should study these classical American sayings.

"They are fortunes," she explained. American people think Chinese people write these sayings."

"But we never say such things!" I said. "These things don’t make sense. These are not fortunes, they are bad instructions." (IV.3.60)

An example of America inventing its own ideas about China.

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