Fact vs. fiction
To start out, let’s pick on the thread we were examining at the end of class yesterday:
Life-shaping forces in “The Land”
Chart some of the big forces shaping the lives of people in Tancheng (we’ll do this together on the board). Two questions that might help answer this question can be drawn from the homework:
A dinner guest from Yizhou
Also as a group exercise, you are going to imagine that the different parts of this chapter are brought into dialogue with one another. Imagine that a newly appointed magistrate of neighboring Yizhou (WG: I-Chou) has come to Tancheng. Huang Liuhong hosts a dinner for the visitor and invites Liu Tingyuan and Xiao Er.
At dinner, the visitor asks, “How should a magistrate best serve the people?”