In her startlingly sensual new short fiction, "Rules for Virgins", beloved bestselling author Amy Tan ("The Joy Luck Club," "The Bonesetter’s Daughter") takes us deep into the illicit world of 1912 Shanghai, where beautiful courtesans mercilessly compete for the patronage of wealthy gentlemen.... read more
“"As a courtesan, you must work toward the Four Necessities: jewelry, furniture, a seasonal contract with a stipend, and a comfortable retirement. Forget about love. You will receive that many times, but none of it is lasting. You can't eat it, even if it leads to marriage."”
“"Each month, you will lear another song, and with each you must sound natural and honest, as if this song is flowing from your heart. I will accompany you on the zither until your warbled notes don't sound like two cats screeching over the same dead mouse."”
tragedy opens the aching heart and increases longing, passion, and desperation. A man will do anything to remove regret and feel his loved one back in his arms.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
You are too young to know yet what nostalgia truly means. It takes time to become sentimental. But for the sake of your success, you must quickly learn. When you touch a man’s nostalgia, he is yours.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
I tell you these things so you can avoid the pain of truth later. Our world is full of temporary promises and guile. It is necessarily so. We are not evil people, this is just how we survive. There are only a few steps that separate success from failure. Understand this and you will not suffer from disillusionment as often as I did.Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
Forget about love. You will receive that many times, but none of it is lasting. You can’t eat it, even if it leads to marriage.Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
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