Rules of the Game Summary and Analysis
Waverly Jong: Lindo’s only daughter and youngest child; narrator
Vincent and Winston Jong: Lindo’s older brothers
Lao Po: an old man in the park who helps Waverly learn chess
The adult Waverly looking back on her childhood tells this story. An incident with her mother and some salted plums teaches her “the art of invisible strength,” encapsuled in two sayings: “Bite back your tongue” and “Strongest wind cannot be seen.”
One year at a Christmas celebration at the First Chinese Baptist Church, Vincent gets a used chess set; Waverly selects a box of Life Savers; and Winston receives a kit for a model submarine. Once home,...
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