Awakening Age 觉醒年代 Episode 13 Recap
Gu Hongming joked that they had to bring the apprenticeship when they came to apprentice. Hu Shi asked to invite him to dinner. Gu Hongming said that he had never had a meal with someone who had forgotten his ancestors and worshipped foreigners. But Chen Duxiu admitted that this was entrusted by Cai Yuanpei, and Gu Hongming promised that the restaurant and drinks would be determined by himself, and the servants would follow suit.
Chen Duxiu, Li Dazhao and Hu Shi came to Dongxinglou for a banquet. Li Dazhao was afraid that the money belt was not enough, and Chen Duxiu understood that Gu Hongming was only afraid of being left out. Chen Duxiu did the courtesy of the Qing Dynasty as soon as he entered the door. This surprised Gu Hongming slightly. Everyone sat down in accordance with the rules of the Qing Dynasty. Gu Hongming also said frankly that his royalist only listened to the words of the emperor and Cai Yuanpei. This is the first glass of wine. Just respect Cai Gong.
The most famous hotel in the city of Beijing is the Eighth Building, and among them, Dongxing Building takes the lead. Gu Hongming introduced this to Hu Shi and took the opportunity to test his knowledge. On Zhang Xun’s birthday, Gu Hongming presented a pair of couplets. He asked everyone here what they meant with the couplet. Hu Shi originally wanted to answer, Chen Duxiu winked and asked him to pretend to be confused in order to praise Gu Hongming.
Of course, Gu Hongming knew that they had something to come. Chen Duxiu talked about knowing about Pike Delai. Gu Hongming always admired Cai Yuanpei. He would definitely fight to the end in this matter. Chen Duxiu moved out of Cai Yuanpei, saying that it was Mr. Cai who personally asked them to invite Gu Hongming to join the professor group, which made Gu Hongming laugh off his hat with joy.
Gu Hongming commented that foreigners are indifferent and sloppy, hypocritical and vain, value interests, and very exclusive and conservative. While nodding, Chen Duxiu reminded him that the chief negotiator Cai Gong arranged for Hu Shi, but Gu Hongming calmly decided to condescend to give him this little baby back as a military adviser, which moved everyone very much.
In the British Embassy in China, Zhu Erdian, the British Minister in China, is waiting for the Peking University professors. Kedler reminded him to deal with it cautiously, but Zhu Erdian felt that this time Peking University sent two groups of cultural representatives, the old and the new, to start a fight between them and hold a “cultural debate” here.
The Chinese and British negotiators were seated. Hu Shi was in charge of the talk. He described Kedler’s teaching attitude and quality in fluent English and said that Peking University has handled it in a reasonable manner in accordance with the school rules. This is an internal problem of Peking University. It is not a diplomatic issue.
Zhu Erdian proposed that Catherine is a British citizen, and his employment contract is signed by the Ministry of Education, Peking University has no right to dismiss, and they have the right to safeguard the rights and interests of their citizens. In response to this, Li Dazhao took out the prepared documents and regulations to refute one by one. Zhu Erdian stood up and said that he had heard Gu Hongming’s speech. He suggested that the signing of these documents was too simple, and they were signed by randomly replaced heads of state.
Who should follow these regulations. Gu Hongming bluntly said that his arrogance and rudeness are rarely found in Chinese, and the two oceans he spends to attend classes are also a waste. Gu Hongming refuted Britain’s so-called liberal and democratic arguments with cases of dismissing foreign professors from a series of institutions of higher learning such as Edinburgh University, Oxford University, and Cambridge University.
Zhu Erdian also pointed out that such behavior is very unfavorable to the cooperation between the two countries in World War I, and concealed that Cai Yuanpei’s position of principal may change hands. This naked threat made Chen Duxiu very dissatisfied. He looked directly at Zhu Erdian and told him that if Peking University could give up principles and submit to power, they would not stand here. When the negotiations broke down, Zhu Erdian had nothing to do, and Kedler angrily stated that he would go to court.
Duan Qirui still hopes to be resolved peacefully, but Kedler is going to court, and Cai Yuanpei will never accept it. Wang Daxie knows the temperament of his old friend, he has already prepared the best person to defend, but now they must first suppress Kedler’s arrogance. Cai Yuanpei released the scandal of Kedler, and the public opinion in the newspapers was condemning the British side. Kedler asked Zhu Erdian to abolish Cai Yuanpei and insisted on going to court.
Zhu Erdian laughed at his naive behavior. The British government was condemned by public opinion. Wang Chonghui, an expert on Anglo-French relations, and Zhang Yao, an expert on civil law, who both served as the attorney-general of the Republic of China, were sent as defense lawyers. Fighting with them is self-defeating. Zhu Erdian can only tell Kedler to give in. It’s a war, and they can’t make extravagance at this time.
Wang Daxie met with Cai Yuanpei to inform him that the British government respects the dismissal decision of Peking University, and hopes that Peking University will no longer expand the dismissal matters and give Kedler some financial compensation.
Cai Yuanpei knew that once the compensation was given to the outside world, the words would be different, but Duan Qirui had already ordered that Wang Daxie had to adapt from it and let the Ministry of Education pay for the compensation. Cai Yuanpei agreed, but also asked Kedler to go to Peking University to sign a letter of dismissal in front of the teachers and students of the school, in order to be disciplined.
Inside the Bushu Bookstore of the Shaoxing Hall of Peking University, Chen Duxiu took a colleague from the Department of Liberal Arts to visit. Only Lu Xun dared to live here because of someone hanging outside the door. Faced with Chen Duxiu’s draft, Lu Xun criticized his “New Youth” for being warm and not strong enough. The first is to advocate writing in the vernacular but in classical Chinese, which is just half covering the face with the pipa. Second, the promotion of vernacular Chinese requires works that the public likes to hear. It is best to write novels in vernacular, but they do not.
Third, newspapers and periodicals only talk about great principles without thinking in images, and cannot touch people’s souls. Chen Duxiu was taught to invite him to take a drastic effort. Lu Xun thought a little bit and said that he could try it. Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao waited for him to say this, and they left as if they were done. Lu Xun praised Chen Duxiu for his charisma, and he also admired Li Dazhao’s humility. The two must be able to achieve great things in the future.
Wang Mengzou came to look for Hu Shi, passers-by said with a smile that where there is a lady’s laughter in the door, where is Hu Shi’s office. Hu Shi was suave and single, and many women deliberately approached through the title of the poem for advice. His way of embracing and saying goodbye to the woman made Wang Mengzou feel inappropriate.