Sheldon Klein (sklein@CS.WISC.EDU)
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 00:01:38 -0600

John McCreery writes:

> The T'ang
>lyrics' intended reader is a highly educated Mandarin
>thoroughly steeped in a traditional body of knowledge. He
>expects (1) to encounter variations on what he already knows,
>(2) to be able to grasp its import in an easy, intuitive manner,
>giving the training that makes him a Mandarin, and, thus, (3)
>is confident in interpreting the meaning "in" the scenes and
>events the lyric describes.

e.g. Simone de Beauvoir's The Mandarins.

Sheldon Klein