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No, I would not. But I can say this because I wasn't raised in Wang Lung's time or culture....... for him this was a natural part of being wealthy; it was something you strove to attain. Buying slaves was the norm for monied members of society. Wang Lung married a slave (O'lan) and kept them as concubines...... and not only did he own them, he was encouraged to do so, and from what the book tells us, fathers appreciated when Wang Lung bought their daughters because they were well-taken care of.
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