The snow was falling more heavily now. The streets were deserted except for the two of us, hurrying our driver-go here, go there. We tried until very late in the day. But there were no shoes to be had. Jade gave me a significant look and said : "I'm not fated to have a good destiny." I wanted desperately to act grown-up and say something to comfort her. But before I could think of anything suitable, tears gushed from my eyes.
Translated by Howard Goldblatt

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