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A small number of phrases from the writings of Lao She

Teahouse - Act I (Part) 《茶馆》 第一幕 (部分)

老舍茶馆 第一部分) Teahouse by Lao She - Act I (Part)

时间戊戌初秋维新运动失败半天

Time: 1896 (Fifth Heavenly Stem, Eleventh Earthly Branch) at the beginning of autumn. The imperial government was waiting for the defeat of the reformation movement. Morning.

地点北京裕泰茶馆

Place: The Yutai Tea House, Beijing.

[这种茶馆现在已经不见。...

[The curtain rises: This kind of large tea house can no longer be found. ... (p. 11)

王利发先生外边

Wang Lifa: Mr. Tang, please go outside!

唐铁嘴惨笑掌柜唐铁嘴送给相面奉送取分!(不容分说王利发今年光绪二十四戊戌贵庚……

Tang Tiezui: (With a bitter smile) Shopkeeper Wang, let Tang Tiezui hold your hand! Give me a cup of tea to drink and I will tell your fortune! I will tell your fortune for free and not take a single penny! Not accepting an explanation, he pulled Wang Lifa's hand closer. This year is the 24th year of Guang Xu's reign, Fifth Heavenly Stem and Eleventh Earthly Branch. You are seventh in order ...

王利发: (算了生意用不着相面咱们江湖苦命!(柜台唐铁嘴告诉要是大烟永远不了好运灵验

Wang Lifa: (Taking his hand back) Forget it! I will give you a cup of tea but do not sell that kind of business in here! We don't have any need for fortune telling. We all have bitter lives and there is already no way out. (Coming out from the sales counter, allowing Tang Tiezui to sit down.) Sit down! Let me tell you that if you do not give up opium you will never be able to give anyone good luck! This is my method for fortune telling and it is more effective than yours!

Source: Lao She, 2010. Tea House 《茶馆》. Hainan Press, Haikou, Hainan, pp. 12-13.

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