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Am I so alien to my vague Europe? My far France? The French are a distant people. She dreams about my French self. How strange it is to be French in China. Surely the grandest place in the world to be born. In France they burned women. They held a lottery, and each year more and more women were burned. Joan of Arc was the last woman to be burned by my ancestors. Surely Joan imagined herself Chinese, in China where ancient woman warriors abound in the heroic tradition from ancient times. And she thought herself born again someday in me.
He bled from the half-moons cut under his breasts. He bled from the groin where he had been castrated. The faithful of the church chanted and rocked their censers and crucifixes, back and forth, back and forth. The army of women had abandoned Joan when there was no doubt about Joan of Arc being a man. The women set the torch to the faggots surrounding Joan's body, and they burned him. I identify with me, Joan of Arc tells me. He might have been a greatgreat-grandfather. How could he stand to read the scrawly, wormy, patsy writing of the French?
Presumably, then, readers who do not pay sufficient attention to the narrative intricacies of The Woman Warrior, especially white readers with biased expectations, will mistake fiction for fact. The critics of The Woman Warrior also detect fictionalization—in the sense of "making things up"—in the way Kingston has chosen to translate certain Chinese terms. 4 Kingston renders kuei as ghost. ) They object to the connotations of insubstantiality or neutrality in Kingston's translation, finding it unsanctioned by community usage and lacking in the hostility toward whites indispensable to true works of Chinese-American literature.