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    Default Chinese fidelity

    "One of the remarkable commonplaces of the criticism is that this novelist is in some way a 'realist'...And Henry Lewes found in his novels a 'Chinese fidelity'.
    To judge by the context, Chinese fidelity must mean something like 'very close to real', but my googling failed to produce a definition/explanation that would confirm it. Anyone could give me an elucidation on the phrase?
    Another minor question: is the sentence "what is meant there", meaning "what does it mean", commonly used?
    Thanks.

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    If something is done with Chinese fidelity, it is done with great precision and accuracy, or that's my interpretation as I hadn't heard the phrase.

    What is meant there- this implies that the meaning is in that context rather than universal IMO
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    Hi tdol,

    Could you please tell me the origination of Chinese fidelity?
    Thanks very much.

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    Hi tdol,

    Could you please tell me the origin of Chinese fidelity?
    Thanks very much.

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    It's not an expression in use- the examples are mostly old, so I imagine it has something to do with perceptions of detail in Chinese art.

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