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I read a Chinese short story a long time ago, but can't track it down now. Don't remember the author, but he was one of the early 20th century classics (maybe even Lu Xun?...).

Plot: An intellectual who is committed to "radical honesty" gets involved with a young woman from a traditional family. She falls in love with him & abandons everything to be with him, burning bridges back home. He falls out of love with her and breaks up. She has nowhere to go & commits suicide. He feels sort of bad but ultimately justified because to stay with her when he's not in love would be to go against his "honesty" principles.

Does anyone know what story this might be? Thanks!

  • Can you provide more detail? Any names of the protagonist? Settings of the story? Place the story took place? – Alic Jun 28 '18 at 14:56
  • No, sorry, what I included is all I remember... – user3908964 Jul 5 '18 at 20:44

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