9. The delicacy in gaudy things
xxxThe tip of a peacock feather. Porcelain spoons in a bowl of ice kachang. The face of a four-metre Guanyin. These are common examples of delicacy in gaudy things.
xxxMore uncommon is the delicacy not found at the edge of things, or in their finish, or at a height, but the opposite. Like the heart’s recognition of a gold Rolex watch.
xxxWhen one could show up the ignorance of an enemy, but refrains, that is delicate too.