In short, despite Hu's memorially
inflected rhetoric directed at national branding and partisan aggrandizement, its underlying incongruities vis-a-vis China's domestic and international circumstances were far from reassuring indexes of the PRC's political stability, ideological sustainability, and social credibility as an ancient, emergent power.
Indeed, in the following passage Ramanujan describes the parable of a bridge, built (and memorially
named) by the British in Madras, which exemplifies a form of 'negotiating' translation: Over the reeking Coom river, the British put up a bridge, and called it Hamilton Bridge, after one of their commissioners.
Where Erne differs from Cairncross, however, and to my mind most persuasively, is in arguing that the latter is not a 'bad' of memorially
reconstructed version of Kyd's Don Horario, but rather a palimpsest, with a Level A, as Erne terms it, which consists of a 'textually corrupt version of parts of Don Horatio', and a Level B, which consists of a burlesque reworking of Kyd's material, designed for performance by a children's company, probably, given the reference to the tit-for-tat playing of The Malcontent by the King's Men, the Children of the Chapel.
Describing the art's apocryphal origin--the tale of the poet Simonides who discovered the importance of place to memory when memorially
reconstructing a ruined banquet hall--he paints this tale as a mere fiction: The apartment in which [Simonides' patron] was feasting fell down, and he himself, and his company, were overwhelmed and buried in the ruins; and when their friends were desirous to inter their remains, but could not possibly distinguish one from another, so much crushed were the bodies, Simonides is said, from his recollection of the place in which each had sat, to have given satisfactory directions for their interment.
True, it later emerged that on one or two occasions during the debate Gore had also memorially
"embellished" his past, as he has been known to do before--remembering a trip to Texas with the director of FEMA which he had not taken and claiming that a schoolgirl in Sarasota, Florida, had to stand in class because of overcrowding when it was in fact for only one day, as a result of the installation of some new lab equipment.