Liu owns the grain market where Wang Lung sells his harvests. He goes to the tea shop where Lotus is a prostitute and treats the women very fairly. Thus, when Lotus hears that Wang Lung wants to find a wife for his eldest son, she suggests Liu’s daughter. Wang Lung finds Liu to be a respectable businessman, and they get along well. Liu’s son also becomes engaged to Wang Lung’s second daughter, who later goes to live in Liu’s house to escape the lusts of Wang Lung’s uncle’s son.
The timeline below shows where the character Liu appears in The Good Earth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.