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Ephemeral Life

Ephemeral Life Z H U W E N Y I N G The Fox Yunniang chose a double sprig of jasmine and clipped it in her hair. As she'd washed her hair, the little maid Hong had slipped red peachblossom petals--saved from springtime--into the water. After a night of wind and rain, the whole courtyard was a mat of red, fallen from an old peach tree. Yunniang told Little Hong to fill two porcelain jars with peach petals. One was to be buried below the eaves of the house next door, near Cerulean Pavilion. The contents of the other would be used for adding aroma to tea. In the summertime, Yunniang didn't make tea of peach blossoms; instead, she waited for the water lilies to bloom. They would bud in the evening, then burst into bloom with the first dew of dawn. Yunniang would wrap tea leaves in a gauze bag and place it in the heart of the flowers. Anyhow, she rarely bathed in water infused with the essence of peach petals. But because she had done so today, her hair felt unusually soft. Of course, when their hair is especially soft, women generally feel buoyant. This explained why http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Ephemeral Life

Manoa , Volume 17 (1) – Jul 7, 2005

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Z H U W E N Y I N G The Fox Yunniang chose a double sprig of jasmine and clipped it in her hair. As she'd washed her hair, the little maid Hong had slipped red peachblossom petals--saved from springtime--into the water. After a night of wind and rain, the whole courtyard was a mat of red, fallen from an old peach tree. Yunniang told Little Hong to fill two porcelain jars with peach petals. One was to be buried below the eaves of the house next door, near Cerulean Pavilion. The contents of the other would be used for adding aroma to tea. In the summertime, Yunniang didn't make tea of peach blossoms; instead, she waited for the water lilies to bloom. They would bud in the evening, then burst into bloom with the first dew of dawn. Yunniang would wrap tea leaves in a gauze bag and place it in the heart of the flowers. Anyhow, she rarely bathed in water infused with the essence of peach petals. But because she had done so today, her hair felt unusually soft. Of course, when their hair is especially soft, women generally feel buoyant. This explained why

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Published: Jul 7, 2005

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