The Question and Answer section for The Good Earth is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Wang Lung has treated O-lan as a slave. This ways on his conscience so he spends resources on her before she dies.
Everything in Wang Lung's life comes from the earth: the farmhouse, the oven, food, money from selling food and even the little earth gods. The earth nurtures Wang Lung's dreams and he becomes financially successful from it.
There is still strange talk among the poor. Wang Lung hears a cryptic message from one of his neighbors. Times will change soon: "When the rich are too rich there are ways, and when the poor are too poor there are ways" (118). There is a point...