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Because she loved to play games with Chinese people
Because her mother had died and she was asked by her father to be “the fourth corner” at the game
Because there were very high prizes for winning at the club
Because she promised her mother to attend at least one meeting of the club
She realized that her mother had been a shop girl in Kweilin.
She realized that her mother's family had been royalty.
She realized that her mother had left her two daughters behind.
She realized that her mother was an inveterate liar.
Her grandmother told her that her mother had left because she didn't care for her.
Her grandmother told her that she was behaving badly.
Her grandmother told her that the ghosts would get her.
Her grandmother told her that she would die and that they were preparing her dying clothes for her.
She bows deeply and calls her by a special name.
She gets up early in the morning and prepares her a special meal.
She returns to her family and cuts off a piece of her own flesh, puts it in a soup, and serves it to her dying mother.
She agrees to stay away from her daughter forever.
He proposed to her after watching a romantic movie.
A match was arranged through a matchmaker when Lindo was two and Tyan-yu was only one.
Their mothers discussed their growing love and promised to let them marry.
They decided to marry after going on many dates in their teens.
She promised herself that she would someday kill Tyan-yu.
She promised herself that she would run away at the first opportunity.
She promised herself that she would always remember her parents’ wishes but would never forget herself.
She promised herself that she would write to her parents to make them feel guilty.
It symbolized Lindo’s marriage to Tyan-yu, and it was supposed to be lit at both ends and kept burning all night long.
It was a symbol of the children she would bear, and it was supposed to burn out only after she and her husband made love.
It symbolized fertility, and it was supposed to be kept burning always.
It symbolized her fears, and it was supposed to make her keep trying to please Tyan-yu.
She convinced them that the pregnant servant girl was really of imperial
She lied and said she couldn't have children.
She ran away when everyone else was at dinner.
She killed Tyan-yu.
Because it is so much fun to have secrets that other people don't know
Because secrets are always kept during special festivals
Because in the Chinese culture, girls are raised to keep secrets
Because if she tells her secret wish, it will no longer be a wish but a selfish desire
She says that she and her daughters are both lost.
She says that she and her daughter could have been stars.
She says that she and her daughter were destined to become singers.
She says that she feels that she and her daughter could both have played the role of the Moon Lady.
It was a special strength that comes from angels.
It was the strength that comes from lifting weights.
It was a strategy for winning arguments and gaining respect from others.
It was a way of never losing even one chess tournament.
She was totally apologetic and gave Waverly anything she wanted.
She talked with Waverly about solving her problems.
She promised not to cause any more problems for Waverly.
She treated her as though she didn’t exist
Her brother Winston
The sound of mice running around
The mother and daughter next door arguing
The woman next door reciting poetry in Chinese
The mother and father next door talking to each other
She hoped that she and her mother could get to know the people next door.
She hoped that her father would allow her to have a boyfriend too.
She hoped that the girl would visit her again soon.
She hoped that things could be better than they appeared.
She was a professional interior decorator.
She claimed the room was "unbalanced".
She was a very picky person.
She did it to spite her husband, who always insulted her taste.
An illusion that somehow one is in control
Just God's way of fooling people
Simply a way of pretending
A silly way of behaving that Chinese people engage in
She keeps it in a special case.
She doesn't have one.
She uses to prop up her table.
She sleeps with it under her pillow.
Her mother's confession to God about losing her son
Her mother's angry statements about her death
Her brother's name written in it in erasable pencil under "Deaths"
Just a small notation about her brother in the back written in blue ink
She thought anyone could be anything they wanted to be in America.
Jing-mei had showed great promise when she was very young.
An-Mei Hsu had mentioned that she thought Jing-mei was talented.
She believed that anyone could accomplish greatness through prayer.
That it too was beautiful
That the two pieces were two halves of the same song
That the latter was very difficult to play
That “Perfectly Contented” made her feel better about her mother’s death
They have a joint checking account like most married couples.
Lena pays for everything.
Harold pays for everything.
They split everything down the middle.
How ugly their cat is
How wrong Lena and Harold are for each other
How boring Lena's life is
How poorly built Lena's house is
"How could you possibly know that?"
"I don't think you could have known."
"Then why don't you stop it?"
"Why do you do such dumb things, then?"
She wanted to tell her mother that she was going on a special diet.
She wanted to tell her mother that she was getting married again.
She wanted to tell her mother that she was getting divorced.
She wanted to tell her mother that she was pregnant.
Because she felt her mother was trying to take all the credit for her winning
Because she was terribly bored
Because she wanted to stop while she was ahead
Because she felt she had outgrown the game
She explained that Rose was confused all of the time because she listened to too many people.
She said that everything in Rose’s house was made of plastic.
She thought that Rose had no appreciation for antique wood furniture.
She thought that Rose was so slender that she had no central core.
A. because her husband had left her and she was unable to make the simplest decisions
Because she had a bad case of food poisoning
Because she was very ill with a migraine headache
Because she couldn't get over her uncle's death
She decides to sign the divorce papers.
She decides to make her husband cancel the divorce.
She decides she will not move out of the house, despite what her husband wants.
She decides that she will fight for her marriage.
A jade pendant on a gold chain
A special locket with her mother's hair in it
A diary to keep her most important thoughts in
A diamond brooch
Jing-mei likes Waverly a lot, but her mother has never liked Waverly.
Jing-mei thinks Waverly is pretty, but her mother thinks she is ugly.
Jing-mei admires her while her mother says that Waverly is like a crab, always walking sideways, moving crooked.
Jing-mei hates Waverly, but her mother thinks she's a nice girl.
It meant being taught to desire nothing, to swallow other people’s misery, and to eat one’s own bitterness.
It meant learning to honor one’s mother and father.
It meant understanding how to sacrifice.
It meant not having to say one is sorry.
She did it to make her family angry.
She did it to get back at her mother for neglecting her.
She did it because he paid a vast sum of money.
He raped her, thus giving her no choice but to stay with him as his concubine.
He said that he would raise her son and daughter at his honored children.
He said that he would always think well of her.
He said that he would support her father in his old age.
He said that he would have her buried in a special burial plot.
Because she is afraid she will die giving birth
Because she has no money to support the child
Because the child is going to be sickly
Because she hates her husband, the child’s father
She wants to give her daughter a lot of money.
She wants to build a new house for her daughter.
She wants to find her daughter a new husband.
She wants to give her daughter her own spirit.
Because the two things do not mix
Because they have minds of their own
Because they have American character and Chinese circumstances instead
Because God willed it not to be so
She says it makes them unique.
She says it makes them easier to identify.
She says it makes them look better than everyone else.
She says it makes them look devious and two faced.
Because she is tired of carrying them
Because they wouldn't have been Chinese if she had brought them to America with her
Because she thought she was going to die and didn't want them to die with her
Because she traded them for a lot of money
Of substandard quality
A large quantity
Far too much than anyone needs
Small or deficient in quantity
Completely in agreement
Allowing some light to pass through
Allowing no light to pass through
Hinder or stop
Grow or encourage
Ridicule or mock
Demand or require
Willingness to give