The Good Earth

why was wang lung afriad of hus feeling of good fortune?

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Wang Lung fears the Gods will punish those who feel too fortunate. Everyone in town congratulates Wang Lung on having a first-born son. He rejoices at his good fortune. However, he soon grows wary: "It did not do in this life to be too fortunate" (40). He thus decides to buy some incense for the gods, to ensure his well-being and that of his family.