";s:4:"text";s:8651:" A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. There is a point at which Song fears the deception will be unmasked (not much of a danger, given Gallimard's wilful blindness) and produces a trump card: An announcement of pregnancy, followed by a confinement in the country and the triumphant production of an Eurasian baby. It delves unflinchingly into sexual deviations and fetishes that the public would be better off being aware of, as the repercussions of these are more rampant than one would think. The narrative begins in 1960, when he is thirty-nine years old. The singer is really a man posing as a woman. French spy falls in love with a Chinese opera singer only to discover over twenty-years later that she is a man? •
Hwang's story highlights the beginning, middle, and end of Gallimard's descent through Song's seduction and how his appetite for dominance blinds him from the truth in front of his own two eyes. From the creators of SparkNotes, something better. By David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly is a play about a relationship between Bernard Boursicot, a French diplomat, and an opera singer by the name Shi Pei Pu. Song and Gallimard carry on their affair for twenty years, throughout periods of political and personal turmoil. He calls her “Butterfly,” a reference to the heroine of Puccini’s opera. The central question of the Gallimard case - "Why didn't he realize that this was a man?"
During the Cultural Revolution in China in the mid-1960s, a French diplomat falls in love with a singer in the Beijing Opera.