Objects & Places from The Lover

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Chochinchina - This French colony is the primary setting of the novel and where most of the action takes place.

The Ferry - A symbol of stability, this is where the first meeting between the narrator and the lover takes place.

Mekong River - This separates Sadec, where the narrator's family lives, from Saigon, where the narrator goes to school.

Family Land - This is mother's investment where most of the family's money is tied up and eventually lost.

The Mother's Premonition - In this, the ghost of the narrator's grandfather visits the mother, bemoaning the death of the father.

Money - Called piastres, this is associated with sexual availability throughout the story.

Diamond Ring - The lover gives this to the narrator, serving to remind the mother of the inappropriate relationship between the narrator and the lover.

The Ocean Liner - The place in the...

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