What a Sincere Heart Can Do To a Stone

Un coeur sincère pourrait même faire s’épanouir une pierre.
Pourtant, le coeur de la fille aux fleurs n’était-il pas assez sincère?

A sincere heart can make even a stone blossom.
So tell me, was the flower girl’s heart lacking in sincerity?

a scene from a North Korean melodrama with a heroine called “The Flower Girl”
as told by Luo to the villagers of Yong Jing

~ Dai Sijie (1954 – )
Chinese-born French novelist and filmmaker

from Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2001)
translated by Ina Rilke
. . .

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