characterized by warmth of feeling typically expressed in eager zealous support or activity
a cart with a shallow box body, two wheels, and shafts for pushing it
to be proper or becoming to
to promise to marry, to give in marriage
a large kettle or boiler
to climb awkwardly (as by scrambling)
amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion
having lost all or nearly all hope, a deep dejection arising from a conviction of the uselessness of further effort
The method of transportation that takes Wang Lung and his family to the South. A steam engine. "[W]agons, chained one to the other and drawn neither by man nor beast, but by a machine beathing forth fire and water like a dragon." (91)
characterized by or reflecting economy in the use of resources
the state of bearing fruit
an article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist
who is excessively fond of eating and drinking
having a worn or emaciated appearance
any of various implements for tilling, mixing, or raking; especially an implement with a thin flat blade on a long handle used especially for cultivating, weeding, or loosening the earth around plants
marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
troublesomely urgent, overly persistent in request or demand
marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard of others
a migratory grasshopper often traveling in vast swarms and stripping the areas passed of all vegetation, cicada
evil in nature, influence, or effect
a deep and wide trench around the rampart of a fortified place (as a castle) that is usually filled with water
a movement of the body made in token of respect or submission, acknowledgment of another's superiority or importance
insolent or rude in speech or behavior
a small covered 2-wheeled vehicle usually for one passenger that is pulled by one man
an implement used for mowing (as grass) and composed of a long curving blade fastened at an angle to a long handle
to delay or be tardy in acting or doing, to linger in expectation
fatty, oily, smooth and greasy in texture or appearance
The Good Earth Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Good Earth is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
In Chapter 31, war enters the area. Wang Lung has never experienced war before. Soon soldiers are everywhere and Wang Lung's nephew is among them. The nephew forces Wang Lung to house soldiers. Wang-Lung has no option but to comply or the soldiers...
Wealth and weather affect traditional family roles. Unable to work so much work himself, Wang Lung buys out Ching and employs his services. Ching becomes the overseer of Wang Lung's workers, who live in Wang Lung's old house while he moves into a...
Wang Lung appreciates all the work O-lan performs around the house, especially given that he once performed her duties himself. Wang Lung is now freed to expend all of his energy in working the fields. O-lan is very resourceful -- she gathers fuel...