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Definitely there are similarities between Wang Lung the patriarch of the House of Hwang. The Old Lord embodies the negative qualities of the rich: their luxuriant and unsustainable lifestyles, as well as their lust for women. Wang Lung is becoming like him. He begins to despise the poor even though he was once a poor peasant himself. He surrounds himself with luxury and I'm pretty sure he doesn't deny himself sexual pleasures. Still I think Wang Lung has a connection with the land that the Old Lord had lost.