The Gift of Rain Quotes

Tan Twan Eng
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I was never completely accepted by either the Chinese or the English of Penang, each race believing itself to be superior.
-- The Narrator (Book 1, Chapter 3 paragraph 1)

Importance: This quote, by the narrator Philip himself, keenly points out the source of his isolation amidst multiculturalism. His isolation is an inciting factor in many cases throughout the novel.

You were born with the gift of rain. Your life will be abundant with wealth and success. But life will test you greatly. Remember—the rain also brings the flood.”
-- Soothsayer (Book 1, Chapter 4 paragraph 4)

Importance: This quote, spoken by the soothsayer, highlights the future tragedies of the main character. It prepares much what happens in Book 2 and serves to build tension.

Some mistakes can be so great, so grievous, that we end up paying for them again and again until eventually all our lives forget why we began paying in the first place.”
-- Towkay Yeap (Book 1, Chapter 13 paragraph 1)

Importance: Spoken by Towkay Yeap, this quote provides a rational backdrop to the...

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