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* ArrangedMarriage: Madam Wu's marriage to Mr. Wu; Madam Kang's to Mr. Kang; Wu Liangmo to Kang Meng; etc. etc.

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\n* AgeGapRomance:
** Mr. Wu is forty-five and his love interest Ch'iuming is eighteen, but it doesn't work.
** Mr. Wu's relationship with a very young but experienced girl from a 'Flower House' turns out happily. Not only is he genuinely in love with her, she is in love with him, and a little frightened by her emotions.
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* ArrangedMarriage: Madam Wu's marriage to Mr. Wu; Madam Kang's to Mr. Kang; Wu Liangmo to Kang Meng; etc. etc.



* MayDecemberRomance: Mr. Wu is forty-five, Ch'iuming is eighteen, it doesn't work. On the other hand his relationship with an equally young but much more experienced girl from a 'Flower House' turns out much better. Not only is he genuinely in love with her, she is in love with him, and a little frightened by her emotions.



* TheUnfavorite: Fengmo is so very much this at the beginning of the book.

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%% * TheUnfavorite: Fengmo is so very much this at the beginning of the book.

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The protagonist is Madam Wu, an aristocratic Chinese lady at the head of a large and influential family. Her husband is a self-indulgent but well meaning man she twists around her little finger and her aged mother-in-law was long ago relegated to an honorable retirement. Madam is regarded by all, including herself, as an ideal woman; beautiful, dutiful, fruitful and accomplished. She believes herself to be a model wife who loves her husband, a good and affectionate mother to her sons and a just and impartial mistress to her many servants. The 'just and impartial' is true enough but in fact Madam Wu is an arrogant, self centered woman who loves nobody. Her self-realization and evolution into a warmer, better, genuinely good woman is the theme of the novel.

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The protagonist is Madam Wu, an aristocratic Chinese lady at the head of a large and influential family. Her husband is a self-indulgent but well meaning well-meaning man she twists around her little finger and her aged mother-in-law was long ago relegated to an honorable retirement. Madam is regarded by all, including herself, as an ideal woman; beautiful, dutiful, fruitful and accomplished. She believes herself to be a model wife who loves her husband, a good and affectionate mother to her sons and a just and impartial mistress to her many servants. The 'just and impartial' is true enough but in fact Madam Wu is an arrogant, self centered self-centered woman who loves nobody. Her self-realization and evolution into a warmer, better, genuinely good woman is the theme of the novel.



* SpiritAdvisor: The memory of her father-in-law, Old Gentleman, is this to Madam Wu in the beginning of the book, he is succeeded by [[spoiler: Brother Andre]]

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* SpiritAdvisor: The memory of her father-in-law, Old Gentleman, is this to Madam Wu in the beginning of the book, book; he is succeeded by [[spoiler: Brother Andre]]


The plot kicks off with Madam Wu's long planned for fortieth birthday which she uses as an excuse to finally detach herself completely from the burdensome responsibility for a family she does not love. Her detachment from her husband requires the purchase of a concubine, a healthy peasant raised girl Madam names Ch'iuming. Unfortunately the new concubine and Madam's third son Fengmo accidently catch a glimpse of each other and Madam decides to head off any scandalous results by quickly marrying Fengmo off to the young daughter of her friend Madam Kang.

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The plot kicks off with Madam Wu's long planned for fortieth birthday which she uses as an excuse to finally detach herself completely from the burdensome responsibility for a family she does not love. Her detachment from her husband requires the purchase of a concubine, a healthy peasant raised girl Madam names Ch'iuming. Unfortunately the new concubine and Madam's third son Fengmo accidently accidentally catch a glimpse of each other and Madam decides to head off any scandalous results by quickly marrying Fengmo off to the young daughter of her friend Madam Kang.



* BelligerentSexualTension: Second son Tsemo and his self chosen wife Rulan have this in spades - and it is ruining their marriage

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* BelligerentSexualTension: Second son Tsemo and his self chosen wife Rulan have this in spades - and it is ruining their marriagemarriage.



* DoorstopBaby: Ch'iuming's backstory includes being abandoned by her parents, an unfortunate Chinese custom, she is adopted by an old woman as a future bride for her son but the boy dies young leaving the bitter foster mother ready and willing to sell Ch'iuming as a concubine.

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* DoorstopBaby: Ch'iuming's backstory includes being abandoned by her parents, an unfortunate Chinese custom, custom; she is adopted by an old woman as a future bride for her son but the boy dies young young, leaving the bitter foster mother ready and willing to sell Ch'iuming as a concubine.


** Fengmo finds out - too late - that he does not want Linyi but fortunately for her he recognizes his responsibility to her and works to be a decent husband and make her as happy as possible.

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** Fengmo finds out - too late - that he does not want Linyi but fortunately for her he recognizes his responsibility to her and works to be a decent husband and make her as happy as possible.possible.
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* SilkHidingSteel - Madam Wu again. Her physical beauty is constantly described along with her gentle voice, her elegant manners and her enigmatic concealing smile all disguising a strength that is self-evident to the reader.

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* SilkHidingSteel - SilkHidingSteel: Madam Wu again. Her physical beauty is constantly described along with her gentle voice, her elegant manners and her enigmatic concealing smile all disguising a strength that is self-evident to the reader.



* [[UnwantedSpouse Unwanted Concubine]]: Poor Ch'iuming.

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* [[UnwantedSpouse Unwanted Concubine]]: UnwantedSpouse:
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Poor Ch'iuming.


''Pavilion of Women'' is a novel by Pearl S. Buck.

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''Pavilion of Women'' is a novel by Pearl S. Buck.Creator/PearlSBuck.


* MayDecember: Mr. Wu is forty-five, Ch'iuming is eighteen, it doesn't work. On the other hand his relationship with an equally young but much more experienced girl from a 'Flower House' works out much better.

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* MayDecember: MayDecemberRomance: Mr. Wu is forty-five, Ch'iuming is eighteen, it doesn't work. On the other hand his relationship with an equally young but much more experienced girl from a 'Flower House' works turns out much better.better. Not only is he genuinely in love with her, she is in love with him, and a little frightened by her emotions.

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* MayDecember: Mr. Wu is forty-five, Ch'iuming is eighteen, it doesn't work. On the other hand his relationship with an equally young but much more experienced girl from a 'Flower House' works out much better.


* MenAreChildish: Madam sincerely believes that all you have to do to make a man happy is to keep his stomach full and his bed until Brother Andre calls her on it.

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* MenAreChildish: Madam sincerely believes that all you have to do to make a man happy is to keep his stomach full full, and his bed bed, until Brother Andre calls her on it.it.
* MultigenerationalHousehold: The household Madam rules includes her husband's mother, her four sons, the wives of the two eldest, and a grandchild. There are also a number of cousins from collateral lines.


* [[UnwantedSpouse Unwanted Concubine]]: Poor Ch'iuming.

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* [[UnwantedSpouse Unwanted Concubine]]: Poor Ch'iuming.Ch'iuming.
** Fengmo finds out - too late - that he does not want Linyi but fortunately for her he recognizes his responsibility to her and works to be a decent husband and make her as happy as possible.

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* LoveRedeems: Guess what trigger's Madam's HeelFaceTurn.


* DoorstopBaby: Ch'iuming's backstory includes being abandoned by her parents, an unfortunate Chinese custom, she is adopted by an old woman as a future bride for her son unfortunately the boy dies young.

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* DoorstopBaby: Ch'iuming's backstory includes being abandoned by her parents, an unfortunate Chinese custom, she is adopted by an old woman as a future bride for her son unfortunately but the boy dies young.young leaving the bitter foster mother ready and willing to sell Ch'iuming as a concubine.


* OrphanPlotTrinket: Ch'iuming's is the woman's coat of faded red satin she was found wrapped in as an abandoned baby.

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* OrphanPlotTrinket: OrphansPlotTrinket: Ch'iuming's is the a woman's coat of faded red satin she satin. She was found wrapped in as an abandoned baby.it.

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* OrphanPlotTrinket: Ch'iuming's is the woman's coat of faded red satin she was found wrapped in as an abandoned baby.

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