The narrator tells the tale of The Count of Monte Cristo over nine whole nights to the tailor and Luo. The tailor inevitably picked up ideas from the French novel which influenced the clothes he made for the villagers. ¡§Dumas would have been most surprised to see the mountain men sporting sailor tops with square collars that flapped in the breeze.¡¨ (Sijie p. 135) Also, ¡§The blue sailor trousers mentioned by Dumas and copied by his disciple the old tailor conquered the girls¡¦ hearts with their fluttering bell-bottoms.¡¨ (Sijie p. 135) The narrator recalls that, ¡§The tailor asked us to draw a five-pointed anchor, and for several years it became the most popular decorative feature in female fashion on Phoenix Mountain.¡¨ (Sijie p. 135) Alexander Dumas¡¦ novel allowed the tailor to escape his mental reality by creating new boundaries from which he created new styles of clothing. The sailor inspired fad swept through the villages like crazy as the tailor left the Mao jackets in the dust.
Instead of leaving Mao in the dust, The Little Seamstress leaves her old mountain life in search of a better, more civilized lifestyle. When the narrator and Luo are stealing four-eyes¡¦ suitcase of forbidden books, they stop to reflect upon what they are doing. Luo has the final word before leaving the hut in which he says, ¡§With these books I shall transform the Little Seamstress. She¡¦ll never be a simple mountain girl again.¡¨ (Sijie p. 105) Luo wanted to