Good Earths Story
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Wang Lung's wife. Previously, she had served for ten years as a servant in the House of Hwang, as a kitchen slave. She is plain, which causes her much shame and hurt throughout her life. Her feet are large and thus considered unattractive. However, despite these superficial flaws, O-lan has a rich inner life and continually exhibits resourcefulness, practicality, loyalty and patience. She embodies the giving qualities of the earth. She is also primarily responsible for Wang Lung's wealth, a fact that he never fully acknowledges.