Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower's Father Character Analysis

Snow Flower's father and husband to Snow Flower's Mother. A nasty and temperamental man addicted to opium, he sold his family's possessions to pay for opium and nearly sold Snow Flower as a little-daughter-in-law (a concubine with unbound feet). He and his wife disappear as beggars not long after Snow Flower marries out.
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Snow Flower's Father Character Timeline in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The timeline below shows where the character Snow Flower's Father appears in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Daughter Days: Learning
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...dowries. She says that even Snow Flower isn't safe. Though Madame Wang tries to defend Snow Flower's father, Madame Gao says that a weak man will take to the pipe. At that, Mama... (full context)
Hair-Pinning Days: Truth
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...with shame and embarrassment. She begins to explain that her family was once prosperous, but Snow Flower’s father was the only son amongst many, many daughters, and while some thought he would be... (full context)
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Lily asks Snow Flower if Snow Flower’s father is alive and in the house, and she answers affirmatively. Snow Flower continues that when... (full context)
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...eliminate the smell. She sees that Snow Flower and her mother live in fear of Snow Flower's father, who is petulant, angry, and best left alone with his opium. (full context)
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...the Sitting and Singing, but her elder sister isn't allowed in the house because of Snow Flower's father 's bad reputation. Lily is shocked. She gives Madame Wang money and instructs her to... (full context)