It wasn't Ma Bong's fault-it wasn't as if he'd been disloyal or irresponsible abut meeting the request, or that he had lacked the ability to win her hand, or that he'd never really been attracted to her, or any such thing. In those days, all the young men in the brigade would have been prepared to fight to the death for a woman like Yang Yang, if the policy had permitted to do so. The problem was Yang Yang herself. After Niu Ben revealed the truth behind the incident, Yang Yang vanished without a trace. More precisely, Yang Yang disappeared two months after the disappearance of Fu Zhenglian, at the end of the dayon which he "showed his face" again. Other girls in the dormitory recalled that Yang Yang had got up around midnight to use the outhouse, and never returned.