Wang Lung was the son of a peasant farmer. When it came for him to marry,
his father chose a slave girl from the house of Hwang who was hardworking. O-
lan, Wang Lung's wife was a good wife for Wang Lung. She did not waste
anything, and made items such as shoes for the family so Wang Lung could save
his money for other things.. She worked endlessly for Wang Lung and his father,
and even helped Wang Lung plow the field. One day while helping on the field,
O-lan went inside and bore their first child. Luckily, it was a boy. Girls at
that time were always slaves, or married to other family's sons. They named
him Nung Wen.
Before leaving the house of Hwang earlier, O-lan promised to bring their
first child to pay respects to the house. That year, the harvest was good, so
Wang Lung bought new clothes for O-lan, the baby, and himself. After paying
their respects, Wang Lung made a deal with the house of Hwang and bought a plot
of good land just outside the house. One year later, another boy was born and
was named Nung En.
Wang Lung's third child was a disaster. Not only was it a girl, but she
was born retarded. That summer, a drought hit the area where Wang Lung lived,
and it did not rain for months. There was little harvest, and soon all of the
wheat was gone. Starving, Wang Lung had his ox killed for food, but could not
bear to watch because the beast had been so faithful to him. Not having any
money, Wang Lung sold the furniture in his house for a few silver pieces. His
fourth child was born in the drought, and was born dead. The family was forced
to move South to find food, so with the money he made from selling the
furniture, Wang Lung paid train fare to go down south.
On the train, Wang Lung spent some more money to buy material so they
could build a hut when they reached the city. At the city, they built their
hut, and discovered a kitchen where for almost no money at all, a person could
eat all of the rice they... [continues]
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