The agent deals with all of the Old Lord’s business transactions, always taking a cut for himself. When Wang Lung first buys land from the Old Lord, he does it through the agent. Later, Cuckoo speculates that the agent played a role in the ransacking of the House of Hwang during the famine, showing that even those the wealthy trust can turn against them.
The timeline below shows where the character The Old Lord’s agent appears in The Good Earth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.