Brave Orchid insists that Moon Orchid should act as her husband’s “Big Wife” and claim what is rightfully hers, including the children he has with his second wife. What does this tell us about Brave Orchid’s views of marriage and traditional gender roles?
In this chapter, Maxine’s father makes an appearance, but he rarely speaks and is given no name. What does this suggest about Maxine’s relationship with her father, or her father’s relationship with Brave Orchid?
When Moon Orchid and Brave Orchid finally confront Moon Orchid’s husband, he makes it clear that he wants nothing more to do with Moon Orchid because he has made a new life in the United States. Upon realizing that Moon Orchid’s husband has taken up American customs, the narrator says that Moon Orchid and Brave Orchid have “become ghosts” (153). What does this mean? How does this realization impact them?