The narrator possesses a very distinctive skill. He is a skilled violinist, that majors in classical music, such as the sonatas
written by Mozart
. The violin
appears frequently in the story and is usually accompanied by happiness
, because the narrator is happy for the link to his old culture. Even though he has to lie about the titles of his pieces, because much of his repertoire is banned under Mao's regime. The only skill that the narrator sees him self accomplishing is playing the violin.