The True Story of Ah-QChapter 5: The Problem of LivelihoodAfter Ah Q had kowtowed and complied with the Chao family's terms, he went back as usual to the Tutelary God's Temple. The sun had gone down, and he began to feel that something was wrong. Careful thought led him to the conclusion that this was probably because his back was bare. Remembering that he still had a ragged lined jacket, he put it on and lay down, and when he opened his eyes again the sun was already shining on the top of the west wall. He sat up, saying, "Curse it…"After getting up he loafed about the streets as usual, until...
The True Story of Ah-QChapter 4: The Tragedies of LoveThere are said to be some victors who take no pleasure in a victory unless their opponents are as fierce as tigers or eagles: if their adversaries are as timid as sheep or chickens they find their triumph empty. There are other victors who, having carried all before them, with the enemy slain or surrendered, cowering in utter subjection, realize that now no foe, rival, or friend is left-they have only themselves, supreme, solitary, desolate, and forlorn. Then they find their triumph a tragedy. But our hero was not so spineless. He was alway...
The True Story of Ah-Q
Chapter 3: A Further Account of Ah-Q's Victories
Although Ah Q was always gaining victories, it was only after he was
favoured with a slap on the face by Mr. Chao that he became famous.
After paying the bailiff two hundred cash he lay down angrily. Later he
said to himself, "What is the world coming to nowadays, with sons
beating their parents…" Then the thought of the prestige of Mr. Chao,
who was now his son, gradually raised his spirits, and he got up and
went to the wine shop singing The Young Widow at Her Husband's Grave. At
that time he did feel that...
The True Story of Ah-Q
Chapter 2: A Brief Account of Ah-Q's Victories
In addition to the uncertainty regarding Ah Q's surname, personal name,
and place of origin, there is even some uncertainty regarding his
"background." This is because the people of Weichuang only made use of
his services or treated him as a laughing-stock, without ever paying the
slightest attention to his "background." Ah Q himself remained silent
on this subject, except that when quarrelling with someone he might
glance at him and say, "We used to be much better off than you! Who do
you think you are anywa...
The True Story of Ah-Q Chapter 1: Introduction
For several years now I have been meaning to write the true story of Ah
Q. But while wanting to write I was in some trepidation, too, which goes
to show that I am not one of those who achieve glory by writing; for an
immortal pen has always been required to record the deeds of an
immortal man, the man becoming known to posterity through the writing
and the writing known to posterity through the man-until finally it is
not clear who is making whom known. But in the end, as though possessed
by some fiend, I always came back to the ide...