* FridgeHorror: Wang Lung's uncle is healthy and active long after Wang Lung's father is sick enough to be confined to bed [[spoiler: and even dies.]] That means he's probably related to Wang Lung's mother, not his father. Say... how big of an age difference would that imply between Wang Lung's father and his mother?
** On that note, Wang Lung's father's reference to how "a woman must bear and bear and bear" just to have any hope of surviving offspring. He points out that Wang Lung's mother had so many children ("a score or more") but he can't even remember the actual number. Of all those babies, only Wang Lung survived.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The death of O-Lan.]]