[from] Rickshaw

by Lao She

[Our rickshaw driver, who spends his time in contemplation as he waits for riders in his miserable condition, thinks to himself:]

“…Experience is the fertilizer of life.  When you have certain kinds of experiences, you become a certain kind of man.  You can’t grow peonies in a desert.”

Originally published in serial form in the periodical Yu-chou-feng, September 1936 to May 1937.   University Press of Hawaii © 1979

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