How does Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress end?
In the end, Luo and the narrator discover the true potency of imaginative literature and why it is hated and feared by those who wish to control others, for the Little Seamstress, transformed by her contact with Balzac, comes to understand her own sexual power and leaves the Phoenix of the Sky for the city.
What happens to the Little Chinese Seamstress?
The Little Seamstress learns about the outside world by reading the foreign books with Luo’s help. She eventually leaves the mountain and everything that she has known without saying goodbye, to start a new life in the city.
What does the village headman want Luo to fill his tooth with?
One evening the headman asks Luo, who surely saw his father perform dental work, to fill his aching tooth with tin. If he does, the headman will give him a month off. Luo says he can’t because he has no drill. A few days later the tailor comes to the village, without the Little Seamstress.
What does the seamstress father have carried from village to village and why?
He travels from village to village with his old sewing machine and is treated like a king wherever he goes, while the Little Seamstress stays at home with a newer sewing machine. Sewing and clothing construction are treated with a similar reverence to storytelling, as shown by the tailor’s kingly status.
Why did Luo punch the narrator?
These chapters begin the theme of friendship. The narrator describes Luo as “the best friend I ever had.” Although Luo punched the narrator, it was because he was upset that the narrator saw his father be humiliated, rather than because of something the narrator did.
What does a woman’s beauty is a treasure beyond price?
Her “beauty is a treasure beyond price,” meaning that she is neither an object nor dependent on others, but that she is a unique individual. Starting as a simple village girl, she becomes refined and knowledgeable through reading, which gives her new ideas.
What does the narrator learn from Jean Christophe?
The narrator is particularly inspired by the novel Jean-Christophe, which helps him to develop his own personal philosophy that champions individuals who stand up to take individual action against the world.
What does Luo use as a dentist’s drill?
After a few more tries, Luo suggests tying the headman to the bed. The narrator will work the sewing machine’s treadle, the part that moves the needle, to drill the headman’s tooth.
What film do the narrator Luo and the Little Seamstress see together?
The narrator and Luo meet “the princess of Phoenix mountain,” a Little Seamstress who is the daughter of a local tailor.
What does the raven symbolize in Balzac?
Much like the narrator in Poe’s poem, the narrator here sees the raven as an ominous symbol of death. That’s part of the reason he gets scared and comes back across the treacherous ridge.
What does the alarm clock symbolize in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress?
The alarm clock represents the bourgeois norms, such as timing the workday with a clock rather than with sunrise and sunset, that the Cultural Revolution was intended to quash.