That day we bought a lot of fancy trimmings, some decorated with sequins, some with glass beads. We couldn't have told you what kind of gowns we were going to make in order to be able to use these trimmings. Perhaps we hadn't actually thought of making any clothes. We just bought the trimmings on impulse, saying they were beautiful. Jade said they were beautiful, and so did I. But later when we got home and opened up our packages for everyone to see, and this one criticized this and that one criticized that, we weren't quite so sure. Half the edge was taken off our enthusiasm. So we snatched the trimmings back from people's hands and quickly wrapped them up again, saying they didn't recognize value, that we wouldn't let them look.
Translated by Howard Goldblatt