Iron and Silk

Salzman, Mark

Random House, 1986

p. 122

One day, during his visit to China, Salzman is prepared to display his 'cello to a group of earnest fishermen and their families. “I took the 'cello out of the case and the whole room gasped, clicked their tongues, and sighed with appreciation. I walked over to my seat and began to explain the mechanics of the instrument, and then I noticed that none of them were looking at me or at the 'cello. 'It's beautiful,' they kept saying, and one by one they all went to touch the divine object--the red velvet lining inside the 'cello case.”