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'Thus fought the heroes, tranquil their admirable hearts...' 'Así combatieron los héroes...'

Fishburn and Hughes: A pseudo-Chinese literary reference, untypical since military heroism is not a common theme in Chinese literature. In early Chinese poetry references to bravery were normally connected with hunting. In later periods military figures were presented as tragic victims who had died on distant borders and whose souls wandered unhappily, or as errant husbands who had abandoned their wives for long periods. Only in popular fiction do bandit-warriors attain heroic stature. The Garden of Forking Paths