Why was Adeline in danger from them the communists? Explain how she is saved from them. (Chapter 15)
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Once in Tianjin, they drive far off into the night, arriving at some steel wrought gates that Adeline vaguely recognizes. After Niang greets the two nuns, Mother Marie and Mother Natalie, warmly, Adeline recognizes that they are at St. Joseph’s, her old school.
On the next day, Adeline learns that the reason for the mass diaspora out of Tianjin is the eminent arrival of the Communist party and the PLA. This seems like an incredibly cruel fate to consign a young girl to, regardless of the rivalry that had been formed. Adeline is put in a beginning english class, the exclusive spoken tongue of St. Joseph's. In another show of her excellent work ethic, Adeline learns the language well. By December of the same year, Adeline was the only person besides the nuns left at St. Joseph. The nights of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were particularly rough, with the nuns unable to adequately take care of the young girl. She has not yet received any letters from her family, prompting a deep sadness that is echoed in a letter she writes to Aunt Baba.
This numb back and forth is ended when Adeline hears news that her aunt has come to take her away to Hong Kong.