Magpies

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A. What emotion is usually associated with the magpies?
The emotion that is usually associated with magpies is joy.
How did Lena unknowingly insulted her mother by giving her the guest bedroom in her home?
The guest bedroom in Chinese custom, should be the largest and the best bedroom is the house. Lena gave her mom a tiny bedroom to sleep in.
What was the fortune inside the cookie, that Lindo gave to Tin?
Inside the fortune cookie was, “A house is not a home when a spouse is not a home.”
At the end of the story, what is Lindo wondering about?
She is wondering about what she lost coming into America and what she gained.
B. The final section returns back to the mother as narrators. An-Mei discovered her mother was abused by Wu Tsing. She learned that her mother was forced into her position. The second wife of Wu Tsing arranged for An-Mei’s mother to be raped and shamed. An-Mei’s mother poisons
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An-Mei’s mother taught her that she has to swallow her tears, to conceal her pain, and distrust others. After An-Mei’s mother’s death, she learned to stand up for what is right. During the funeral, An-Mei crushed the fake pearls that the Second Wife gave to An-Mei’s mother. Ying-Ying lost the control on her life when she married an American man. She redeemed her control of life after talking to Lena. Lindo wants her daughter to be a full American, but this creates a barrier between them. When talked to Waverly, she thinks she has a related ability to Waverly; two facedness which is an ability to switch between a Chinese and an American face.
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E. "Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever." Book 4, pg. 213
"on the third day after someone dies, the soul comes back to settle scores. In my mother 's case, this would be the first day of the lunar new year. And because it is the new year, all debts must be paid, or disaster and misfortune will follow." Chapter 13, pg.
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