Part 3, Chapter 2 Summary
Ruth has read her mother’s memoir and becomes much more sensitive to her mother’s character as well as to her needs. The story of her mother’s youth gives Ruth a much deeper appreciation for her mother as a courageous woman.
At GaoLing’s birthday party, Ruth takes the opportunity to ask her aunt questions about her mother and her past. She asks GaoLing about the orphanage and especially about Precious Auntie. GaoLing is surprised that Ruth knows the truth. GaoLing says that back then, being born out of wedlock was a great disgrace. Even after LuLing came to the United States, GaoLing says, she was afraid the authorities would send her back to China if they discovered she was not truly GaoLing’s sister. Later,...
(The entire section is 546 words.)