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Reading Journal Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress Chapter 1 Brief synopsis: At the beginning of this chapter, the narrator (Ma) describes the incident when Luo and him went to a mountain for re-education and, as “city youths”, they brought a violin which is from the western into the village. The village headman and the other crowd claimed that the violin is “a bourgeois toy”, and they decided to burn it, but because of Luo’s smartness, the violin is saved and everyone enjoys the music played by Ma. After this part, there is a background of the Cultural Revolution in China and how the narrator and Luo got to be re-educated. After this, there are the family backgrounds of the narrator and Luo. The narrator’s parents are doctors and Luo’s father is a dentist who fixed Mao Zedong’s teeth. At the end of this chapter, Luo’s father is in an inquisition and everyone believes that he had sex with a nurse. At the end, Luo punches the narrator because of the narrator Ma’s pity towards his father who is innocent.
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