Greeting us was
a stunning Chinese hostess fully poised in an elegant silk evening gown.
She introduced herself, led us into the sitting room which was tastefully
decorated with mirrors and velvet, even more elegant than the first
As we sat drinking some green tea a young girl in evening dress, even
more beautiful than the hostess, appeared from a side door. As she moved
toward us, her reflection in the mirrors seemed to move in the opposite
direction, retracing her delicate steps. Formal introductions followed,
and shortly thereafter another graceful entrance, and another, until
we were having tea with six gowned Chinese hostesses. In the far corner,
a girl dressed in a simple dress softly played a stringed instrument.
Pancho said, Will (his nickname for me), what do you think?
Pancho didnt push me in any way, but all my reservations had been
overcome. I went with Judymy first experience was with a Chinese
Judy told me her story. Her farming parents from Soochow had contracted
with the Green Spot Cafe; she had been chosen mainly for her beauty.
The family received $20. Judy, 17, was promised an education in the
social graces during a year at the Green Spot Cafe; afterwards, a year
at a silk factory in, as I recall, Whangpoo to learn a trade. Then the
contract would be over. Judy gently smiled as I used two prophylactics
one over the other. I was to wonder, after the next weeks events
terminated, what was to happen to the Green Spot Cafe.