"But what a lonely road she had ahead,
unless she could accept someone else -
and he could accept Jennifer with the problem she had."
"And why, in comparison to thirty years ago,
is the joyful dawn chorus of birds so muted now?.
Could it be due to the "progress" we've made?"
"At last! I had found the perfect modeng girl,
embodying that quintessential modernity found only in Shanghai"
"Engrossed in its own affairs Shanghai,
the love of my life, the place of my birth,
turned its back. On the wharf, a dead seagull,
its wing lifted by fitful gusts of wind, waved goodbye."