Uncle: Wang Lung's lazy, idle uncle, who blames his bad fortune on his fate, whereas the real problem is himself, proving to be a lazy man who cheats innocent people. He is part of a gang of robbers, and for that reason, Wang Lung is unable to kick him out of the great house he had worked so hard for.
Uncle: A rich philanthropic elephant who lives in a huge fantastical castle populated by many other eccentric animals and people.
“Gratification," he said, "is a poor word to express my feelings at this moment. I am afloat on a sea of foaming joy and delight! For the time being, I will say little, but on many a long winter evening I shall expound to you with suitable words my feelings at this extraordinary event!”
“I might well have hesitated to spend a thousand pounds on this parcel. Instead of that, I said to myself: 'This is your birthday. Gratify that struggling ox!' What is the result? I have gratified myself and him, and we are both happy.”
“That has always been my guiding principle. I was born in the jungle. My parents were poor. A young, tender elephant, I was thrust out into the world at an early age to make a living. My sole starting capital was a halfpenny, but I have built up my fortune on this principle--to do the other person and myself good at the same time.”
Uncle: Narrator's uncle, who takes care of the narrator and gives him money for the bazaar.
Uncle: Hot Stuff's uncle.
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