Study Guide

Lefty in Dragonwings

By Laurence Yep


Lefty is the poet and the reformed gambler of the Company. The figure of his missing right hand is ironic since it is both his prize and his doom; that is, both his hand to write poems with and his hand to roll dice and gamble with. The loss of his hand is a sad reminder of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Lefty is a loyal and good friend to the Lees, coming to the Park to seek Windrider's help when Uncle Bright Star refuses to leave the Company building.