The Painted Veil Setting & Symbolism

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Harrington Gardens

Harrington Gardens is the town where Kitty's family lives in England.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a British colony in China where Walter and Kitty live at the outset of the story.

Mei-tan-fu

Mei-tan-fu is a Chinese province that is afflicted with a cholera epidemic that has claimed the lives of a large percentage of the residents.

Tao

Tao is a religion that is very popular in China whose teachings seem to Kitty nonsensical and contradictory.

Cholera

Cholera is the infection which is taking the lives of many of the Chinese in Mei-tan-fu. Walter commits suicide by giving himself cholera.

The Convent

The convent is where the French nuns live in their mission to the Chinese people. It also serves as an orphanage for the many abandoned children and an infirmary for the many sick people.

Goldsmith's Elegy

Goldsmith's Elegy is a poem about a rabid...

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