Han Qing-jao “awoke with a dull ache in her arm and a sharp pain in her head whenever she moved– but she was alive.” (89) She had thrown herself off the top of a statue to die and blot out her uncleanliness in the eyes of the gods. I was impressed and a little disturbed by this seven year old’s conviction in committing suicide. This shows that the self vs self conflict within her was so great that she needed to commit suicide rather than bear being filthy. However, she survived to realize that “the gods wouldn’t allow her to escape their judgment so easily” (89). Her seven-year-old mind provides godly justification for all the events that have happened so far, showing childlike faith blended with unsettling maturity. Her character development so far is merely absolute reliance on the five tenets of Path: “obey the gods, honor the ancestors, love the people, serve the rulers, then serve your self.”(5) When her namesake’s love song comes to her mind, she interprets the memory as yet another sign from the gods. Qing-jao believes the lines “yet when my gaze comes down/my heart stays up”(91) to be the answer to her horrible filthiness. Her gaze settled on the wood-grain lines of the floor, lines she followed “lightly, the way a goose touched the air, the way a petal touched the stream.” After following the line to the end, she stands, no longer crippled by self-disgust. Her need for purification eased, she lay down, “smiled, and wept softly in joy.”(92) The mindset differences between Qing-jao and I are in complete contrast. Aside from any theist beliefs, I do not see how anyone could try to commit suicide over grease. The godly rituals that Qing-jao bore hold no meaning for me. I believe that she demonstrates social responsibility through “loving the people”, one of the tenets that make up her worldview. However, as a seven-year-old, she does not show other signs of social responsibility.