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are “too sensitive” or “selfish” if they try to get their needs met. Parents with little empathy often neglect their children and don’t even realize it, while there are also parents who don’t care. Either way, the child grows up wondering about their own self- worth and value. 24.How old was Winnie when her mother disappeared? - When Winnie’s mother disappeared, she was only six years old. 25.Why did Winnie insist that her mother carry her everywhere when she was young? - Winnie refused to walk even ten steps by herself. That was not because she was sick or weak. She just wanted to see the world at the same height, the same way with her mother. 26.What did Winnie learn from her mother, even though she only knew her a short time? How did she learn this? - Winnie learned the way her mother could peel an apple all in one long curly piece so that it lay in winnie’s hand like a flat yellow snake. - Winnie remembered the firmness of her mother hand when she held her. 27. What did Winnie’s mother do with the bottle of French perfume she received from the “big important customer”? Why? - Winnie’s mother emptied out the bottle of French perfume she received from the “big important customer into her chamber pot and gave Winnie the round crystal bottle, because she said it smelled like urine. 28.What is the meaning of Double Second? Why do you think it made Winnie’s mother so angry? - In the kitchen God’s wife story, the world “Double Second” means being another second wife in the Jiang’s family.
Winnie’s mother was so angry because her mother forced her to marry a family friend, Jiang Sao-yen, who already had five wives. When she arrived at Jiang’s household, she discovered that she was the “double second” wife, because the second wife had killed herself... “I heard my mother say, "Double Second," as if the words were a curse. My father did not turn around. "You can never change this," was all he said. "You think I cannot change this?" said my mother, as my father walked away.” 29.Might Winnie’s life have been different if her mother has been able to conceal her true feeling from others? Why? - Winnie's life begins as the innocent Jiang Weili. To her mother she is Syin ke(heart liver), which is much like saying "my love;" to Auntie Du she is Syuaning, or "little person." To others, like Peanut, she is Weiwei, and still to others she is Jiang Weili or Weili. Later, she is to become Winnie and then Winnie Louie. With every change of name there is a change within her. Winnie begins as a young woman who is optimistic and hopeful, despite the loss of her mother and the hardships she had to endure as a child. She then becomes the wife of Wen Fu, a plight she is too weak to leave behind and yet one in which she is always strong. This contradiction of being "weak and strong" at the same time is exemplified in the book through a chapter titled "Weak and Strong." As the story progresses, Winnie's innocence begins to fade away, and she becomes cynical of the world. And yet, she seems always to be the "little person" that Auntie Du

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