Epigraph: A mother cannot love her daughter and her daughter's feet at the same time -- Old Chinese saying
Author's note: The binding process lasted for approximately 2 years. The lotus or bound foot was classified as gold, silver or iron according to its final size. A golden lotus referred to a foot no more than 7.5 cm long
and was considered ideal. A silver lotus measured up to 10 cm, and an iron lotus was anything larger.
A poem in nine numbered parts