Annotations for Single Shard : Library Edition


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Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch'ulp'o, a potter's village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter's craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When master potter Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated - until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min's irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself - even it if means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min's work in the hope of a royal commission...even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.

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