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MonkeyNotes-The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
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Weiliís visit to her fatherís mansion at Shanghai proves to be an extremely rewarding experience. Weili is generous enough to forgive her father and his wifeís past misdeeds, for their present acknowledgement of her as their daughter. Weili is extremely thrilled when San Ma volunteers to help her out with the purchase of her dowry and willingly buys luxurious items for her. The amount of shopping that Weili does in these seven days is more than what she had done in her entire life. So far, nobody had cared for her nor showed any love towards her. Now she is being given a special position at the dinner table and people are drinking toasts to her future happiness. During the shopping, San Ma also advises Weili on certain aspects, which should be known to a naïve girl who is to be married soon.

Weili impatiently waits for the marriage and for the day when she would be able to repay all the kindness shown to her. She dreams of herself as a dutiful daughter-in-law and a perfect wife and hostess. Little does she know about the harsh reality that is to follow. Unfortunately, almost all these priceless articles are literally snatched away from Weili by her in-laws and only the silver chopsticks remain with her. The grand Chinese marriage of Winnie is itself a deception. It does not show the major trauma that Weili has to face as a young bride. The troubles that Weili faces are too grave for a young girl. All the ostentation is a mere display, beneath which are hidden tyranny, misery and helplessness. Weili does not know, but all her rosy dreams are going to perish under the blow of cruelty.


Fate plays a major role in all these events. Weiliís position can be understood by using the proverb - between the devil and the deep sea. She has no one to look forward to and has to accept what is offered to her. To make her daughter understand her stand with regard to her wedding to Wen Fu, Winnie firmly says, "Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward." She adds, "If you donít take a chance, someone else will give you his luck. And if you get bad luck, then you need to take another chance to turn things from bad to good." Winnieís life works on this principle to which she remains steadfast.

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