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Her beauty was only of use to men, it was a nuisance to herself – “The Noodle Maker” – Ma Jian

February 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Love

She wiped her tears dry, put her pen down and stared at herself in the mirror: a little taller than the average woman, a pair of big black eyes that attracted the gaze of every passing man. As far as she was concerned, her beauty was only of use to men, it was a nuisance to herself (although she would have been upset if people had ceased to look at her). She knew that, from an early age, she had been forced to employ a large portion of her energies fending off the lecherous advances of her male admirers, and she had consequently lost sight of the more important things she should have been doing with her life.

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