As the only tailor on Phoenix of the Sky, the tailor is a revered figure. He travels to villages around the mountain to sew and leaves his daughter, the Little Seamstress, behind to work in their home shop. He's jovial and personable, and enjoys the narrator and Luo's stories. The Little Seamstress says that he behaves like a child and does whatever he wants.
The Tailor Quotes in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
The Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress quotes below are all either spoken by The Tailor or refer to The Tailor. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress published in 2002.).
Part 3, Chapter 2 Quotes
It would evidently take more than a political regime, more than dire poverty to stop a woman from wanting to be well dressed: it was a desire as old as the world, as old as the desire for children.
The Tailor Character Timeline in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
The timeline below shows where the character The Tailor appears in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 2
...nine nights to tell the entire story. The story begins to influence the clothes the tailor makes during the day, and the narrator explains that the five-pointed anchor motif was exceptionally... (full context)
On the third night, the village headman interrupts the narrator's storytelling. Though the tailor offers pleasantries to the headman, the headman ignores them and instructs the narrator to come... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 3
...strap him down to the bed. The narrator is dumbfounded, but the headman agrees. The tailor is tasked with keeping the headman's head still, while the narrator takes over working the... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 9
...the first time, which she'd altered into a smart-looking woman's jacket. She'd also asked the tailor to buy her a pair of white tennis shoes, which were completely impractical given the... (full context)