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Probably an Early Sign of Tuberculosis – “The Noodle Maker” – Ma Jian  

February 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Description, Writing

He had a face that indicated he was not suited to manual labour. It was heart-shaped, and as white as the moon. His lips were as moist and red as those of a young girl – although this was probably an early sign of tuberculosis. The whites of his eyes were yellow. He often smiled for no reason. When he was listening to the old woman’s story, and later writing the letter for her, the smile had never once left his face.

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