Sunday, July 29, 2007

Question: Smoothness or Authenticity?

I just went to a dinner last night. The host made a 15 min speech. His delivery triggered something I read in the novel Duke of Mount Deer.

WeiXiaoBao was trapped by a bunch of people who thought he had killed his own master. One of his wives, ShuangEr, came to his protection and told the true account. Despite her poor delivery (since she is shy and not eloquent), the audience believed her. Later, WeiXiaoBao retold the actual events, and he is great with his words because he used the mannerisms of the street story-tellers, but he was far less convincing.


What about you? Smoothness is more important or authenticity?

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