In "Rules of the Game," what are the characteristics of Waverly's mother? 

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Waverly's mother, who is from China, imparts truths such as "Strongest wind cannot be seen" to help her children get ahead in life and go beyond their humble background in San Francisco's Chinatown. Though the family is poor, the mother makes sure they have three five-course meals a day and that their two-bedroom flat is always clean. Waverly's mother is hard working and invested in helping her children succeed. 

The mother is also proud and urges her son to throw away the chess set he receives for Christmas from a local church. Later, she does not want her daughter to play in a local chess tournament because she fears a loss will bring shame on the family. When Waverly begins to win chess matches, the mother is proud enough to introduce her daughter when they go shopping together--something Waverly doesn't like. When Waverly complains bitterly, her mother decides to give her the silent treatment, showing that the mother is as formidable an adversary as Waverly herself. 

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Waverly's mother is an interesting figure.  She is proud, ambitious, and family orient. 

First, she is proud.  She is proud of her daughter.  When she finds out that Waverly has a gift to play chess, she is filled with pride. When Waverly gains national recognition, she loves walking around the marketplace telling others that this is Waverly, the chess champion.  As immigrants to a new country, what Waverly has achieved, is an accomplishment. 

Second, Waverly's mother is ambitious. From the beginning of the story, Waverly's mother tries to teach her daughter the art of invisible strength, the ability to win arguments and respect from others.  This shows that Waverly's mother is ambitious to succeed.  She is a fighter who wants to get ahead. 

Finally, Waverly's mother is family oriented.  As a traditional Chinese mother, she upholds the family more than the individual. In other words, the individualistic world of America is not something that she is familiar with.  So, when Waverly seeks to break free, she is offended. 

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