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The Good Earth

The Good Earth


by Pearl S. Buck

The Good Earth Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from The Good Earth.

The Natural World Quotes

"She is with child already." […] The old man blinked for a moment and then comprehended, and cackled with laughter. "Heh-heh-heh—" he called out to his daughter-in-law as she came, "so the harv...

Women and Femininity Quotes

Now father and son could rest. There was a woman coming to the house. Never again would Wang Lung have to rise summer and winter at dawn to light the fire. He could lie in his bed and wait, and he...

Mortality Quotes

"Come, woman, we will go South!" […] "It is a good thing to do. One can at least die walking." (9.21)

Change Quotes

"There is that about you which makes me think of one of the lords in the great house.” Wang Lung laughed loudly then and he said, “And am I always to look like a hind when we have enough and to...

Religion Quotes

Within the temple snugly under the roof sat two small, solemn figures, earthen, for they were formed from the earth of the fields about the temple. These were the god himself and his lady. (1.148)

Wealth Quotes

There was never anything hanging from the rafters in his uncle's crumbling old house. But in his own there was even a leg of pork which he had bought from his neighbor Ching when he killed his pig...

Town vs. Country Quotes

"Then I will clean one ear and one nostril," rejoined the barber promptly. "On which side of the face do you wish it done?" He grimaced at the next barber as he spoke and the other burst into a guf...

Politics Quotes

"Oh, if I had an instant's strength in this hand of mine I would set fire to the gates and to those houses and courts within, even though I burned in the fire. A thousand curses to the parents that...

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