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The Good Earth

Chapters 28–34

Summary Chapters 28–34

Buck paints the fortunes of Wang Lung’s family as no different from the fortunes of any other family. Families, like the seasons, follow a cycle, and Buck suggests that Wang Lung’s sons will likely ruin themselves by abandoning the land. The novel ends bleakly, as Wang Lung, the wisest and best man in his family, is condescended to by his wealthy, foolish sons.