Speaking of Lu Xun, I found this passage recently and--withstanding my translation
--thought that you would appreciate his wry sense of humour and oh so bourgeois taste.
"... Lu Xun xin xen was just receovering form an illness, smoking and sitting on a recliner. I was wearing a brand new blouse with very wide sleeves the colour of wild fire ...
I said, 'Zhou* xin xen, isn't my outfit pretty?'
Lu Xun xin xen glanced at me from head to toes and said, 'not very pretty.'
After a while, he added, 'your colour coordination is wrong. Not that the red blouse isn't pretty. All colours are good looking but a red blouse matches a red skirt, or a black skirt. A brown skirt makes a bad match because, against red, the two colours become an ambiguous mess ... You would have see a forigner walking around with a green skirt and
a purple blouse; or a red skirt with a stark white blouse ...'
He continued to looked at from his recliner, 'your skirt is brown and with a grid pattern. That combination alone is confusing. And it spoils the good looks of your red blouse.'
'... thin people look their worst in black clothes and overweight people are shamed by white garments. Women with long legs should wear black shoes; with short legs it is much better to have light-coloured shoes. Overweight people should not wear square-patterned clothes although squares are much better than oblongs--for oblongs widen the body
ever more--and in both directions! Vertical lines on a dress tend to flatter a wide torso ...' "
-- Xiao Hong, "Remembering Lu Xun xin xen," October, 1939
* xin xen
has two meanings: "mister" or "teacher."
** Zhou xin xen
: Lu Xun's family name is Zhou (his brother was also a well known author in the May Four movement.)