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Unformatted text preview: ' PREFACE To szlLL TO flRMS’!‘ When I was young I, too, had many dreams. Most of them I later forgot, but I see nothing in this to regret. For although recalling the past may bring happiness, at times it cannot but bring loneliness, and what is the point of clinging in spirit to lonely bygone days? However, my trouble is that I cannot for- get completely, and these stories stem from those things which I have been unable to forget. For more than four years I frequented, almost daily, a pawn- shOp and pharmacy. I cannot remember how old I was at the time, but the pharmacy counter was exactly my height and that in the pawnshop twice my height. I used to hand clothes and trinkets up to the counter twice my height, then take the money given me with contempt to the counter my! own height to buy medicine for my father, a chronic invalid. On my return home I had other things to keep me busy, for our physician was so eminent that he prescribed unusual drugs and adiuvants: aloe roots dug up in winter, sugar—cane that had been three years exposed to frost, original pairs of crickets, and ardisia that had seeded . . . most of which were difficult to come by. But my father’s illness went from bad to worse until finally he died. It is my belief that those who come down in the world will probably learn in the process what society is really like. My eagerness to go to Nu— and study in the K-—- Academy** seems to have shown a desire to strike out for myself, escape, and Find people of a different kind. My mother had no choice but to raise eight dollars for my travelling expenses and say I might *Call to Arms, Lu Xun’s earliest collection of short stories, contains fourteen stories written between 1918 and 1922. ** N— refers to Nanjing, and K—-- to the Kiangnan (Jiangnan) Naval Academy where the author studied in 1898. 00000 0000 000 0008 000000 0000 K0000000000 000B 000 0000 0 000000000 00 0000 0000000000 000000 0000 0000000000 0005 0000 00000000 000000 0 0 0000 000 00 0000000 00 00004 .030 0 000 000 H 0000 0000 0< .00 00 00 0000000 000 H00H H 000 00000 0000 .0002 00> 0300000 0000 00000 0m .3000 00 0.00 00003 000000. 000000 0 00 0000000000 000 000. .0000 00 00000000 0003 00000 03 005 00000 000 000000 03 0003 00000000 00000 03 00003 00 000 00 00000000 003 00000 .0000 000300 00 00 00:000> .000 0000000 000 0B 000% 00000000 000B 03 000 0000 00 00 00000 300 0003 00000 000: 8000 000 00000 000 0000 000 000 0000000 000000000 -000 000 00 0800 h0000 3000 0000000000 000 0000 000 0000? .03 $020 352 SS 00 000008 03 “0000000 30000830 000000 0000 000B 0B 3% .0000 B00 0 003 0000 0000 0000000 00005 00 0000 0000 “000000000 0 000000 00 003 .0308 00, .0000 000$ .50 0000000000. 00000 000 0000.00 03 000000 B00 000 0000000m 00? 000000 0000000 00000 0.00 00 0m0000 000000000 003 H 00000000000 0000000000000 0000 00 00>0 0000,0303 .000 0000 000000000 000000000 000 000 000 000000000 -00 000 0005 00000 00>0 “030005000 000 0000000 00000000 000000 -00 0300 00000000 0000.“: 00 00000000 0000000 00000 0003 0000B ..000000>0E 0000000 0 00000000 00 0000000 H 0000 000 00 000000 0000 000 00% 000000000 0000 0000 H 0000 0000 00 00000 000 0000000 0.0000 000000 00 003 n0030,0000 "000000 0000000080 00000 008 .0000 -00 00 0000 00000 00 00000 0 0000000000 0000000000 000 005 00 000 000000000000 00000 0000 00 000000000 00 00 00 000000000 0008 00 00 0200 300 00000 000 00m00 0000 0000000 000 m0000m 00>0 -300 h00000000 00030000 000 000% 0 00 000000 00H; .00 00000 0000000000 00 000 003 0000000 08.00000 0000 000 000000000 0000 .0000 0000000 .0000H 000 0000 000 H 000,6 003 00000 000 000.00m 000000000 000 0300 00 00000 000 000 000000 0000000 000 0:03 n000000 00 0000003 0 00 00000000 0000000H 0.00 00 00000000 00 00 008 005 0000 .EM 000 000 wEfioB 00m 0 003 00:00 00000 000 0003 000 000 000000080000 000 00 3000000400 000000000 0000200000 00000000 000 030000 000000 :0 0008 0000.0 .000 000000 $00000 0000 000 000 00000 00000 00 000 “0000000 00 0000000 0 00 0000 0000 :> REV S 006 00 0000000 89¢ @9395: Cva 31H PHD—#3 umw=OU HGUSVUE 70—15% I ._ .a 0:. 0 003 008000 000 000000000 000 03000009000 0:09 i. _ _ 0.2; :0 TE. 0 V —0.: _.__H.__ _:_0 :0 E. 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This is why I often resort to innuendoes, as when I made a wreath appear from nowhere at the son’s grave in “Medicine,” While in “Tomor— row” I did not say that Fourth Shah’s Wife never dreamed of her little boy. For our chiefs in those days were against pessi— mism. And I, for my part, did not want to infect with the lone- liness which I had found so bitter those young people who were still dreaming pleasant dreams, just as I had done when young. It is clear, then, that my stories fall far short of being works of art; hence I must at least count myself fortunate that they are still known as stories and are even being brought out in one volume. Although such good fortune makes me uneasy, it still pleases me to think that they have readers in the world of men, for the time being at any rate. So now that these stories of mine are being reprinted in one collection, for the reasons given above I have chosen to entitle it Call to Arms. Beiiing December 3, 1922 ...
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