The Question and Answer section for Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Luo and the narrator are not going home. They are leaving their home, Cheng-du, and traveling to a village in the mountains where they are to be re-educated.
the narrator and Luo appreciate the authenticity of the songs even though the lyrics are lewd and simplistic. This contrasts significantly with Four-Eyes, who sees the songs as low culture, useful only when he can appropriate them to his purposes....
Balzac reads the novels, and then retells the stories to the Seamstress. The first story he shares with the Seamstress is Ursule Mirouët.