Quote from The story of the stone


“Some took a simple pleasure in the spectacle; others admired the wealth which had created it; but there were also a few sour-faced Confucian scholars who looked down their noses and muttered something about sumptuousness being no substitute for grief. A buzz of discussion followed its passing all along the route.” (from “The Story of the Stone: The Warning Voice (Volume III): The Warning Voice, Chapters 54-80” by Cao Xueqin)

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