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  • At the party where Sayuri, the heroine, makes her debut as a geisha, she has an encounter with the Alpha Bitch, Hatsumomo:
    Hatsumomo: "Sayuri"... a name as sweet as she is. I'm afraid these days even a common chambermaid can call herself a geisha. So it's nice to see such a sincere young maiko, isn't it?
    General: Why yes!
    Mameha: Surely you would like to thank Hatsumomo for her gracious compliments?
    Sayuri: There is so much I would like to say to Hatsumomo.
    Hatsumomo: Sometimes the smartest remark is silence.
    Sayuri: What better advice to follow than your own?
    Mameha: Sayuri...
    Hatsumomo: Ah, a maiko. I was one myself, once.
    Sayuri: Of course... but it's been such a very long, long, long, long time.
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  • Sayuri's dance shoes. Standing in them without falling on her face would be hard enough, but she DANCES in them.
  • There's a scene with the Mameha (Michelle Yeoh) teaching the protagonist, Sayuri (Zhang Zhiyi) that a true geisha can stop a man with her eyes. She demonstrates and then asks Sayuri to do so, which Sayuri does to a passer by riding a bicycle, causing him to crash.
  • There is a scene in the book where apprentice Chiyo gets the beat of Hatsumomo. While at the same party, Hatsumomo starts to snark at Chiyo finishing with a remark about Chiyo's youth "You don't even have any hair yet" (the hair Hatsumomo referring to being pubic hair), Chiyo simply responds with "Oh I do, and plenty of it" before patting her head, making the man Hastumomo's entertaining (and trying to tear Chiyo down in front of) laugh and remark on Chiyo's cleverness.
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