When I listened to the rain from a music house during my early youth, the
silk bed curtain was illuminated by candlelight 1. When I listened to
the rain on a passenger boat 2 in the prime of my life, the river was
broad, the clouds were low, and the lost wild goose cried in the wind. Now I
listen to the rain at a monastery. My hair has already turned gray. I finally
realize that joys and sorrows, partings and reunions are relentless changes. Let
the rain in front of the porch falls as it pleases, dripping until daybreak.
This sentence describes Jiang's romantic fantasy.
The phrase "passenger boat" has two meanings. First, it implies that Jiang
left his hometown and was busy making a living. Second, it implies Jiang thought
living in China under Kublai Khan's rule was like traveling to a a foreign
country and living there as a guest.