The Muse, the Cellist, the River, the Competing Destinies, and the Annoying Mosquito

| May 22, 2014

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The Muse, the Cellist, the River, the Competing Destinies, and the Annoying Mosquito (a story of Danshui, Taiwan)

A bit of comedy, a bit of romance, a bit of culture. Josh Harper falls in love with the glamorous international student Anna Lin and later pursues her to Taiwan. He becomes a street musician to impress Anna, but accidentally impresses another woman instead. This causes Josh to doubt that Destiny knows what it is doing, but in Taiwan, Destiny always comes through.

“That night, while I fought mosquitoes, I lamented the cruel capriciousness of Destiny. I believe that my conception of Destiny as a capricious entity has little chance of ever catching on in Taiwan, as Destiny seems to enjoy a solid reputation there as an agent that always knows exactly what ought to happen and always makes exactly those things happen, especially in matters of love. Maybe Destiny is cruel, the good people of Taiwan might say, but surely it is not capricious. But how then, I wonder, would they account for my experience of boarding the wrong train, sitting down next to a compelling woman who just happened to have seen me play the cello in Danshui, and yet having it all amount to nothing in the end? It really seemed as if Destiny had changed its mind, or as if two competing Destinies were batting me around like some sort of hockey puck. Finally I decided to give the one capricious Destiny or the two competing Destinies one more chance…”

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