Although she often felt ashamed of Precious Auntie, LuLing survives and even thrives because of how she was raised. At the most literal level, her ability to read and write gives her a marketable skill, which means that she can gradually build a respected career for herself as a teacher. She would never have had this ability if Precious Auntie had not passed ancestral knowledge down to her. LuLing can also adapt and make new friends because she has learned to be observant, intelligent, and resilient. LuLing previously blamed Precious Auntie for rendering her helpless and failing to teach her the skills LuLing thought she needed, but this turns out to be unfair.