Niu Feng-zhang pulled back his head and said, “From all you’ve said, I’d like to have my feet bound!”
His words provoked laughter strong enough to lift the roof of the house. Niu Feng-zhang was a strange sort of guy. He felt inferior to others, so now and again he made fun of himself in order to keep others from ridiculing him.

From “The three-inch golden lotus” by Feng Jicai – © 1994, University of Hawaii Press