ISC The Chinese Statue Workbook Answer
Discuss Sir Alexander Heathcote’s love for art and his gratitude towards the artist.
‘The Chinese Statue’ by Jeffrey Archer is a story of an old statue of Emperor Kung, belonging to the Ming Dynasty. Sir Alexander who brought the Chinese statue to London, plays the role of main character in the story.
Sir Alexander Heathcote’s amateur interest and love for art in the Ming Dynasty is depicted throughout the story.
Firstly, when he got an appointment as British Ambassador to China, he was delighted because he would be able to get back first hand experience of Ming Dynasty’s art in it’s natural habitat.
Secondly, despite of his restless work he never took any leave during the term of tree years and used that time to travel to the countryside and discover more about the Chinese art.
Thirdly, during his visit to Ha Li Chuan, a small village at a distance of some fifty miles away from Peking, his knowledge and love of Ming dynasty’s art is knowledged by an old craftsman, Yung Lee.
Forth, Sir Alexander was mesmerized to see the beautiful statue of Emperor Kung which Yung Lee showed him. His mouth was open and he couldn’t hide his excitement on seeing the statue. He was pretty sure that the statue to have made by the great artist Pen Q, by the late 15th Century.
In fact, Sir Alexander was so enamored by the beauty of the statue that despite his knowledge and love for Ming dynasty’s art, he could not make out that it was an imitation of the original. He even could not stop his desire to have it.
Sir Alexander admired Yung Lee for his own art and his kind act of gifting him his family’s heirloom. He made all his effort to repay the old craftsman and shows his gratitude for artist. Sir Alexander even gift him a house in order to repay the old craftsman.
Finally, Sir Alexander was so possessed about the piece of art that he did not want it to go away from his family. In fact, he bequeathed to his eldest son and made provision that it would remain as a heirloom of the Heatcotes, unless the family honour was at stake.
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