Lao - This person is strong-willed though greatly bound by custom, tradition and expectations.
Liu-Yi-tze - This person is fully addicted to opium and sells everything the family has to feed the addiction.
Wen Chuan - This person is a hard worker who clings to the old ways of life.
Lao's Mother - This person is a disciplinarian but also spends time trying to figure out how to find a good husband for her child.
Yintze - This person marries at fifteen, has some sort of mental breakdown and runs away from home, wandering the streets and speaking incoherently.
Mantze - This person is something of a selfish child who grows into a selfish adult and blames others for life problems.
Chinya - This person is sold twice and is never seen again.
Liu Ma - This person takes an oath to help as a mother would...
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