The Good Earth

How was Lotus described in Chapter 24? Why is it ironic?

What happened to Wang Lung's eldest son in the Spring?

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One wouldn't expect Wang Lung to put up with a woman like Lotus yet he does.

She is a prostitute at the tea shop until Wang Lung purchases her. Dainty, delicate, and graceful, she is O-lan's opposite. Lotus is also crafty, greedy, and manipulative.The elder son suddenly grows moody and petulant, losing interest in school. When he refuses to attend classes, Wang Lung grows angry and beats him. O-lan steps in, taking many of the blows herself, and states that the son simply needs a slave.


Thank you Why is her description considered ironic?