Wang Lung buys Pear Blossom as a young slave in a year of famine. His uncle’s son takes a liking to her when he comes to Wang Lung’s house with the soldiers, but Wang Lung protects her from him. Soon after, Wang Lung takes her into his rooms as a concubine, even though he feels he’s much too old for her. She insists that she likes old men. However, she also tells him that she hates men in general. The reason for this hatred remains unclear, but its vagueness allows her declaration to condemn all the actions of men towards women in this book, many of which are despicable. Pear Blossom acts as the comfort of Wang Lung’s old age and agrees to take care of the eldest daughter after his death.
Pear Blossom Quotes in The Good Earth
The The Good Earth quotes below are all either spoken by Pear Blossom or refer to Pear Blossom. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Washington Square Press edition of The Good Earth published in 2004.).
Chapter 34 Quotes
Every man I hate except you—I have hated every man, even my father who sold me. I have heard only evil of them and I hate them all.... I am filled with loathing and I hate them all. I hate all young men.
Pear Blossom Character Timeline in The Good Earth
The timeline below shows where the character Pear Blossom appears in The Good Earth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.