Wang Lung’s nephew takes after his parents—he’s just as lazy and cruel as they are. He becomes a bad influence in Wang Lung’s house, leading Wang Lung’s eldest son to Yang, the whore in the great house, and getting him drunk. In part due to this experience, the eldest son comes to hate and deeply distrust his cousin. The uncle’s son lusts after the women in Wang Lung’s house and tries to molest Wang Lung’s second daughter. The eldest son can’t stand having his wife in the same house with his cousin, and he urges Wang Lung to move to town. Finally, the uncle’s son decides he wants to see a war, so he goes north, much to Wang Lung’s relief.
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...particularly courteous to his uncle’s family, even giving them extra money. He keeps his eldest son inside in the evenings, which makes the boy irritable. Wang Lung considers moving into the... (full context)