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Understanding Context in the Joy Luck Club: Magpies

This chapter of the novel is narrated by An-mei Hsu. She tells the story of her life in the Wu-Tsing
household with her mother and the other concubines. She tells the reader about the days leading
up to her mother's suicide, but…

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Wife's authority in this family as Third Wife listens and obeys Second Wife. However, the use
of: `I saw', may emphasize the fact that this event happened in the past and so may be a
cataphoric reference to the end of this story when Second Wife's dictatorship is


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