Excerpt of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
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Mama ran out of yarn and stood up to get more. For a moment she stayed very
still, staring pensively at nothing. I had a nearly uncontrollable desire to run
into her arms and scream, See me, see me, see me! But I didn't. Mama's feet had
been badly bound by her mother. Instead of golden lilies, Mama had ugly stumps.
Instead of swaying when she walked, she balanced herself on a cane. If she put
the cane aside, her four limbs went akimbo as she tried to maintain her balance.
Mama was too unsteady on her feet for anyone ever to hug or kiss her.
"Isn't it time for Beautiful Moon and Lily to go outside?" Aunt asked,
cutting into my mother's daydream. "They could help Elder Brother with his
"He doesn't need their help."
"I know," Aunt admitted, "but it's a nice day"
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