O-Lan: Wang Lung's first wife, a former slave in the House of Hwang. She is hard-working, so much as to give birth one day, then immediately go out to the fields to work afterward. She is not very pretty, and Wang Lung will often point this out in fits of anger, or referring to it in casualness, however, she does like to feel pretty, like all women, and does wish for things like pearls. She has given birth to five children, four of them alive, one mentally disabled, and it is after that when she gets "fire in her vitals". making her unable to give birth. Although O-lan is mother to many children, she is able to slaughter without emotion, as shown during the drought, when she kills not only an ox for food, but her own child, in order to lessen it's suffering.
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