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Love in the air by ha jin

He simply sleeps on the bed with his own quilt; the girls take turn keeping watch of him as he sleeps. Commander Deng and the narrator arrive and interrogate Kai and the girls and they learn that he has not done much but go AWOL. Commander Deng and the narrator decide to call Kai into their officer again; they learn that during his outings that he received a message from An Mali, a twenty-three year old woman claiming she knows his name is Kong Kai.

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The narrator finds out that she and her family have capitalist ties and gives Kai an ultimatum: He agrees to the former and drafts a succinct letter saying they cannot be together and an orderly delivers it; they report and An Mali burst out crying. The following morning Kai and An Mali are nowhere to be found; a search beginning for both of them but does not produce any leads.

  1. Years later, Chu reprimands senior officers for sexual harrassment; soon after, he is deemed a counter-revolutionists as revenge and is now on the run with his son. Fearing the higher-ups might reconsider his involvement in the case, he spits on the photograph before burning it.
  2. In the opening story of A Good Fall, the narrator thinks. Furious, Uncle Piao throws his food out in the December snow.
  3. He goes from wonder to adoration, and then from longing to loathing.
  4. It is about love.

Commander Deng and the narrator take most of the blame, but it causes a rift between them, both feeling that they each have taken too much blame for what happened to Kai. About a year later the narrator receive a picture of Kai from the Gansu ProvinceAn Mali, and a baby; he considers what to do with it. Fearing the higher-ups might reconsider his involvement in the case, he spits on the photograph before burning it. The Squad leader tells Uncle Piao that accepting any food from him violates Chairman Mao 's rule about "taking" from the people.

Furious, Uncle Piao throws his food out in the December snow. That evening, Commander Meng Yun apologizes to Uncle Piao for his underlings' misbehavior and says that they will celebrate his birthday with a party two days from now. The Commander then tells his men to never refuse any form of kindness from a Korean ever again.

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On the day of the party, Uncle Piao tells story about his run-ins with the Japanese and the Russian soldiers ; he tells of eyewitness accounts the atrocities committed by the Russians, including rape and murder. After everyone agrees that the Russians are "beasts," the Shunji sings in the house as Uncle Piao's and Squad Leader Han's laughter echoes in the house.

Though he knows nothing about the her, he grows infatuated with her, clinging to her "golden finger" as his lasting memory of her as they exchange messages through code.

He eventually decides to tell his colleagues Shi Wei and Shun Min that the "golden finger" is a woman. Shortly thereafter, Shi Wei is reprimanded by Chief Jiang for sending love messages to the Wang Lili, the "golden finger"; a week later he is expelled from the army. The staff of headquarters decide to throw Shi a farewell party where they all buy him presents. Kang gifts him with romantic pillows because Kang thinks that Shi will marry Lili; most of the others laugh at this revelation.

He then goes outside and observes the other men at headquarters working. He sees men working in line construction, and decides that evening to put in a request to be transferred to that division; he is no able to work as a telegrapher because it reminds him too much of his quixoticlovelorn thoughts of Lili. One day, Gu asks Feng Dong to take out the water with which he washed his feet and Feng refuses; Squad Leader Cheng Zhi then disciplines Gu by pulling him out of his bed and love in the air by ha jin him in the jaw.

  1. What kinds of conflicts occur in the stories of A Good Fall?
  2. On the day before they complete their training and move to their respective new units, Jee challenges several of his squad mates to drinking and eating contests; this causes him to "bust" his stomach.
  3. However, his works had also brought along emotional tensions that were tested as the character Kang was tortured with his heartbreaking news from a love that was never made.
  4. Shortly thereafter, Shi Wei is reprimanded by Chief Jiang for sending love messages to the Wang Lili, the "golden finger"; a week later he is expelled from the army. Chu and Chen are both doctors and Chu was once engaged to Chen's sister but broke it off when his status improved and he moved to Beijing ; this brought much shame to Chen and his family.
  5. Everybody has one of these stories. I particularly liked the title story in which the "ocean of words" is a dictionary indexed in Chinese, Latin and English.

A few days later, Gu changes Cheng to a fight to save his honor, which Cheng at first refuses, as it does not align with party ideals. Cheng returns ten minutes later and writes out a contract saying that he and Gu are to fight to the death with bayonets with the injured or slain bearing all the responsibility; he takes a bayonet and heads out, awaiting Gu.

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Further, his comrades often try to belittle him and even compose couplets about his blunders during recreation, dinner, and training; despite this, he remains determined to complete his training. Although he does not show outstanding physical ability, he is able to make up for it in vigor and in his aptness for the Russian language.

On the day before they complete their training and move to their respective new units, Jee challenges several of his squad mates to drinking and eating contests; this causes him to "bust" his stomach. He is taken to the infirmary and is treated. To the surprise of both men, his account does not present a heroic tone; instead, he narrates much of the hardships of the march, including the time he was struck in the head with huge pieces of hail, feuds they had with Tibetansand the day he lost his rifle.

However, all pale to the incident where his superiors roasted a man alive and offered his meat to Love in the air by ha jin he refused to cannibalize the man. After he finishes the lecture, Si Ma realizes that he will have to report this incident to his superior before Pei does. Chen is reluctant as he has bad blood with Chu, but helps him as he does not want to lose face with his men. Chu and Chen are both doctors and Chu was once engaged to Chen's sister but broke it off when his status improved and he moved to Beijing ; this brought much shame to Chen and his family.

Years later, Chu reprimands senior officers for sexual harrassment; soon after, he is deemed a counter-revolutionists as revenge and is now on the run with his son.

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Chen and his men treat Chu and his son to dinner that night. While the father and son sleep, Chen thinks about turning in Chu, but in the morning decides against it as he think Chu's son might be put in his care once Chu is arrested and imprisoned. He instead gives Chu and his son medicine and money before they plan to leave and they kowtow to him.

His superior Wang Hu reprimands him for his behavior, forcing him to either write a self-criticism or leave the army; he choose to do the former to keep his "honor.

Wang Hu even considered him "his best soldier" and saw a bright future for him. Months go by and no punishment is issued to Liu Fu. One night while checking the sentries, Wang Hu catches Liu Fu committing bestiality with a mule. Appalled, he beats Liu Fu into submission. In the morning, he talks with Li Yaoping, Liu Fu's squad leader, about the incident. Li admits that this is at least Liu Fu second time committing bestiality; Li had shown him leniency a few week before when he caught him because of Liu Fu excellence before the prostitute incident.

The two are interrupted by a soldier telling them that Liu Fu is trying to escape to Russian territory; they go after him. Before he can be picked up by a Russian jeep, he is gun-downed via sniper by Wang Hu.