Wang Lung generally despises his uncle’s wife. She’s almost as lazy and immoral as her husband, always demanding luxuries they can’t afford. Early on, Wang Lung tells her off for letting her daughters talk to men in the village, and she blames her husband’s chronic bad luck for their lack of dowry funds, rather than his laziness. When Wang Lung’s uncle’s family moves into his house, the uncle’s wife immediately sees that Wang Lung is in love with a woman besides his wife, and tells O-lan. She also gives Wang Lung the idea to buy Lotus, and he has her make the arrangements. However, he never really trusts her, and tries to keep Lotus from talking to her. The uncle’s wife urges her husband to blackmail Wang Lung for money, and Wang Lung eventually gets her addicted to opium to keep her from causing trouble and draining his coffers.
The timeline below shows where the character Wang Lung’s uncle’s wife appears in The Good Earth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the uncle needs help. The uncle works enough to feed his family, but no more. The uncle’s wife doesn’t keep their house clean, and their daughters run around the village and talk to... (full context)
...gets angry, telling his uncle that he and O-lan work hard, unlike his uncle and his uncle’s wife . His uncle slaps him for speaking disrespectfully to an elder. Wang Lung knows he... (full context)
...smile that breaks his heart. Ching says that the villagers, including Wang Lung’s uncle and his uncle’s wife , are eating human flesh. Wang Lung becomes afraid and says that his family will... (full context)
...until Lotus is his. He thinks he’ll kill himself if he can’t have her. His uncle’s wife grows impatient with his worrying. Wang Lung forces O-lan to constantly clean the house, and... (full context)
...Lung feels bad, knowing he has no good reason to be angry with her. Finally, his uncle’s wife announces the price that Cuckoo and Lotus demand. Wang Lung is overjoyed and gives her... (full context)
...this or dissatisfy Lotus. His worry makes him love Lotus a little less fiercely. Furthermore, his uncle’s wife begins to eat with Lotus and Cuckoo, and Wang Lung doesn’t like that Lotus is... (full context)
...The son is sad at her state, but pretends to be cheerful. Lotus, Cuckoo, and Wang Lung’s uncle’s wife prepare the bride for her wedding day, performing rituals, doing her makeup, and dressing her. (full context)
...yet, but he does notice the despicable actions of his uncle’s son. His uncle and his uncle’s wife have been weakened by the opium and no longer make trouble, but their son doesn’t... (full context)
...family burial plot and the family wears mourning clothes because it’s proper. Wang Lung gives his uncle’s wife a room in the house in town, and she smokes opium next to her coffin.... (full context)
...staying. Wang Lung assigns the slave who’s pregnant with the uncle’s son’s child to serve his uncle’s wife , and the slave gives birth to a girl. He promises the slave the uncle’s... (full context)