The second wife of Wu Tsing, who despises An-mei’s mother for being younger and more beautiful than she is. She forcibly takes An-mei’s mother’s new baby boy from her and adopts him, making Wu Tsing believe Second Wife gave him his heir, not An-mei’s mother. When An-mei’s mother commits suicide to give An-mei power over Wu Tsing, Second Wife is relegated to a position of unimportance in the family.
Second Wife Character Timeline in The Joy Luck Club
The timeline below shows where the character Second Wife appears in The Joy Luck Club. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 4, Chapter 1: Magpies
...the main house after spending the hotter months in their own houses with their children. Second Wife is clearly the dominant matriarch, and tries to win An-mei over with a beautiful strand... (full context)
...suicide by overdosing on opium. Though some think it was supposed to be faked like Second Wife ’s attempts, An-mei’s mother previously told An-mei that she was going to “kill her own... (full context)