As I lay down on my mat and pulled the blanket up about my neck, it seemed to me that if this was the case, the demoness would surely be reborn as a rich Tang woman in her next life. I even toyed with the idea that perhaps we had been close to each other in some former life – a mother and child, even. (6.134)
Moon Shadow's hunch that he was related to Miss Whitlaw suggests that he takes an immediate liking to the landlady. This is a bit surprising, because Miss Whitlaw is the first non-Tang lady the narrator meets, and he had expected her to be pretty awful. This excerpt shows that friendship, and even family, does not need to rely on external similarities like race or gender.