June 13th, 2018

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How many exits does a pawnshop have?



'There were a thousand Chinese pawnshops, most important links in the fast-moving circuit of money and goods. All of them were on street corners, and all of them had two exits. If Mr Chen ran into his old friend Liang, who was just stepping out of a pawnshop, friend Liang could explain that he had only walked through the shop to avoid the detour around the crowded corner.'

Ernest Hauser, Shanghai: City for Sale (1940).