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why does she prevent her sister from explaining why there mother is late?

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The narrator doesn't want her sister Mona to explain why her mother is late because Chinese mothers do not work. The fact that their mother is working means that they need the money. Family honor would not allow this to be discussed outside of the immediate family.


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