Lu Xun's Final Testament
If I were a great nobleman with a huge fortune, my sons, sons-in-law, and
others would have forced me to write a will long ago, wheaeas nobody has
mentioned it to me. Still, I may as well leave one. I seem to have thought out
quite a few items for my family, among which are:
- Don't accept a cent from anyone for the funeral. This does not apply to old
- Get the whole thing over quickly. Have me buried and be done with it.
- Do nothing in the way of commemoration.
- Forget me and look after your own affairs--if you don't, you are just too
- When the child grows up, if he has no gifts let him take some small job to
make a living. On no account let him become a writer or artist in name
- Don't take other people's promises seriously.
- Never mix with people who injure others but who oppose revenge and advocate
There were other items, too, but I have forgotten them.
I remember also that during a fever I recalled that when a European is dying
these is usually some sort of ceremony in which he asks pardon of others and
pardons them. Now, I have a great many enemies, and what should my answer be if
some modernized person asked me my views on this? After some thought I decided:
Let them go on hating me. I shall not forgive a single one of them, either.
No such ceremony took place, however, and I did not draw up a will. I simply
lay there in silence, struck sometimes by a more pressing thought: If this is
dying, it isn't really painful. It may not be quite like this at the end, of
course; but still, since this happens only once in a lifetime, I can take
On George Bernard Shaw
After meeting George Bernard Shaw, who was almost a foot taller than he, Lu Xun
said: "As we stood side by side, I was conscious of my shortness. And I
thought, Thirty years ago, I shoud have done exercises to increase my height."