The House of the Venerable and Inscrutable Colonel

4 Aug


“The House of the Venerable and Inscrutable Colonel was what they called it when they were speaking Chinese. Venerable because of his goatee, white as the dogwood blossom, a badge of unimpeachable credibility in Confucian eyes. Inscrutable because he has gone to his grave without divulging the Secret of the Eleven Herbs and Spices.”

— Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age

A co-worker of mine recently traveled to China and brought back this photo of a strangely familiar personage he’s nicknamed “Colonel Lee.”

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