Then suddenly one of the old actor's favorite students flung out the article, On the Integrity of Stage An, which the old actor had written in secret when he was confined in the "ox shed"" This set the whole audience boiling as if salt had been poured into a pot of hot oil.
"He even dared to write reactionary articles in the ‘ox shed' to poison people's minds!"
Viciously they tore up all the streets of his article and scattered the pieces swirling around the old actor's feet. Bending his head, he watched the words on the scraps of paper becoming fainter and fainter until he could see no mare because of a relapse of glaucoma.
The old veteran then told me as if in apology that he couldn't bear to see art maltreated. Fumbling on the table, he took up a carved bronze-colored photo frame containing a stage photo of himself as a Veteran worker. He said to me, "A complete work of art should include the frame as well. The side curtains are a part of the stage frame. If we treat them as ‘trouser legs' and abuse them at will, how can we actors deserve to be referred to as 'the engineers of the human soul'?"
How I wished he could see again! He would see my regretful tears. Yes, he did see all too clearly, for he abruptly broke off.
* ox: a term used during the Cultural Revolution, referring to a class enemy .
* overturn heaven: to overthrow the government.
* ox shed : a place where "oxen" (class enemies) were confined.