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To Seoul Via Siberia

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This chapter discusses journey of the author to Seoul via Siberia. While the author is reading the book, his father taught him about the deeds of the great martyrs and exemplary figures of history. One morning he set out on the road to Seoul. He asked to himself: What knowledge was I, who had nothing but an elementary understanding of the Chinese classics, going to use to achieve my grand designs? After thinking about this for a while, a scene of lamentation from the book The Romance of the Western Chamber, suddenly came to mind. Life seems such a fleeting thing. We struggle to live night and day and then, when our life is over, what is left? Reputation? Wealth? Don't we lose everything? He came to a conclusion: 'Let's begin with the question of what is life', and at that moment decided to forget my journey to Seoul.

Keywords: martyrs; Seoul; Siberia

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