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Unformatted text preview: WILD SWANS BOOK SUMMARY 2/28/08 Th 1pm discussion Chapter 1- Three Inch Golden LiliesConcubine to a Warlord General (1909-1933) Character List Yang Ru-shan- Jungs great-grandfather- gave her grandmother (his daughter) up as a concubine to General Xue to gain social status and wealth Jungs great-grandmother- Number Two Girl- no name because of being a girl; treated extremely badly by her husband; eventually moved out of the house away from her husband Yang Yu-fang- Jungs grandmother- very beautiful woman who was given as a concubine to warlord general Xue; eventually marries a nice man, Dr. Xia when the general dies; lives a hard life due to foot binding that was imposed on her as a child General Xue Zhi-heng- powerful man in county of Lulong, Jungs grandfather; given Jungs grandmother as a sort of trade for power, wealth and prestige; was crazy about grandmother, showered her in presents and gave her a house Bao Qin- Jungs mother; brave, impetuous young girl; joined the communist underground at age fifteen Important Points grandmother becomes a concubine to Warlord General Xue o important concept- had bound feet- considered beautiful in China foot binding would rule over grandmothers entire life o Yang engineered encounters with the general to give daughter away o Xue bought her a house, but left her for six years to live by herself o gives birth to Jungs mother and if forced to go to live at Xues main house o sees Xue on his deathbed but runs away to escape living a life of slavery under Xues wife Chapter 2- Even Plain Cold Water is SweetMy Grandmother Marries a Manchu Doctor Character List Dr. Xia- wealthy, prominent doctor who took care of grandmother after she had a nervous breakdown; the two fell in love and got married despite huge disapproval from Dr. Xias family Eldest son of Dr. Xia- most against marriage between Dr. Xia and grandmother; shot and killed himself when Dr. Xia refused to call of marriage Big Old Lee- tough coachman that took care of mother; well versed with the forest and living off of the land Important Points grandmother returns home a free woman, but her father still treats her badly o she is seen as bad luck for losing husband o things have changed- father has social power, even two concubines Dr. Xia treats grandmother for nervous breakdown o the two fall in love and plan to be married o extreme opposition from family father is marrying a concubine they will lose power to a woman much younger than them o entire family except for one son (De-gui) stages a formal intervention, but Dr. Xia refuses o oldest son shoots himself in the stomach and dies o Dr. Xia to feel guilty for the rest of his life mother and grandmother have to deal with scorn from the family Dr. Xia decides to give up everything and move to Jinzhou with mother and grandmother o lived a poor life by the river o Dr. Xia started from the bottom as a doctorDr....
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