“Dear cousin, how fascinating you make it sound!” cried Bao-yu after Tai-yu explained the music score for the zither. “The men of old made music to induce self-restraint, curb passion and suppress licence and extravagance,” she said.


– Chapter 84, A Dream of Red Mansions, translated by Yang Hsien-yi & Gladys Yang, illustrated by Tai Tun-Pang, published 1978

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Dream of the Red Chamber

The virtues of music