The Good Earth
Pearl S. Buck
Contributed by Bobbie Heil
Chapter 6

Wang succeeds in negotiating the purchase of the land from the Hwang family, but he has preliminary regrets since working the land is arduous and all his precious silver is now gone. He is also reluctant to tell anyone that he has purchased the land, lest they start asking him for money. Wang is determined to re-earn all his silver, spent on buying these lands.

The hard work and long days are stressful, and Wang is angry that O-lan is pregnant again, since she will not be able to help at the harvest. However, O-lan rebuts and says that this pregnancy will be easy and that she can recover quickly to help in the fields. Sure enough, one day, she leaves the field and returns within a few hours, only to announce that she had just given birth to another boy. Wang Lung is pleased, since boys are a sign of good fortune. The old man is also pleased, because now the first child can be placed in his bed to keep him warm at night. The family continues to be prosperous from the healthy harvests, and the whole village is aware now that Wang owns the land.

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