Niang had packed up all her belongings and taking her away with Fourth Brother going with them. The novel started at the year 1941. Eventually Ye Ye dies and Adeline goes to his funeral and is devastated and to make things worse, Niang calls her out for being uglier than ever. Allowing her to Study at England in a medical school. Chapter 5- Adeline, Big Sister and Big Brother are taken to the railroad station to meet their father.
Chapter 19- Every girl leaves home for the Summer holidays and again, nobody comes to pick Adeline up therefore she stays there alone for Summer too. She thinks to get her father's attention, she must do really well in school. She echoed her sadness through the letters written to Aunt Baba. Who was head of the family before Niang took over the role? Spring Tetm 1946, at age eight and a half years old father took Niang, Bigsister,Fourth Brother and little Sister to north to reclaim their land. However, Adeline worries over what might happen to her when she returns home and is conflicted between her decisions. Adeline and her Aunt BaBa are very close.
Through this hardship she was able to build a strong character that never gave up, that all of the suffering will end. It is soon very clear that her new step mother is in charge and spoils her children rotten, while she neglects Adeline and her siblings. Adeline loved her school and everything about it so much. One of the of around her age playfully gives her a which she accepts. She regards his first five children, especially Adeline, with distaste and cruelty while favouring her younger son, Franklin, and daughter, Susan both born soon after the marriage. Adeline took the chance of studying in london in the fields of medicine. The children are told to live on the second floor.
On a Sunday morning the whole family goes out to explore and Niang demands Adeline to stay home because there is no room for her. After Niang physically abuses her again, Ye Xian stirs up her courage and quiet anger and rebels against Niang, insulting her in the process and causing her father to throw her out of the house onto the dangerous streets. Chapter 12- Chinese New Year holidays Father and Niang, and sometimes along with Big Sister continued to travel to Tianjin. He believes Adeline has the ability to change her situation in life, but he knows there isn't much he can do. Adeline was also once been humilated in front of her classmates when her classmates visited her making noise. Regardless, Adeline is overjoyed to have the opportunity to study overseas.
The Society then embarks on a mission to help the American soldiers fighting for , accompanied by Grandma Wu's son, Master Wu, and his Mei Mei. Chapter 6- Living in a new area, she started 1st grade in a new school. Various outgoings are then organized but all the outgoings had left out Adeline which then angered Victor who proclaimed his disapproval. Master Wu returns from the area after depositing Mei Mei in Sichuan and informs them gravely that Big Aunt and many other Chinese people have been murdered. Born the fifth child to an affluent Chinese family her life begins tragically. Why was she tortured in that way? When, as a young teenager, Adeline won an international writing competition, he told her that he would be sending her to school at Oxford in England. The book outlines Adeline's struggle to find a place where she feels she belongs.
Adeline took the chance of studying in london in the fields of medicine. She congratulates her and tells her about the Chinese Cinderella and how it relates to Adeline in several ways! Adeline knows that she will be there for her. When school finished, she skipped home with joy but her joy was ruptured by the presence of her friends at her home. Not surprisingly, her father immediately rejects her idea and sends her to a medical school that specializes in obstetrics. In the story she was not able to recieve gift from anyone and not visted at all but it didn't bother much Adeline. Chapter 10- Adeline became friends with the most athletic girl in Sheng Xin School August 1945, almost eight years old.
Niang told her she was a show off and that she was getting uglier and uglier as she matured. They all had to share rooms on the hot third floor while Niang, Adeline's father and their two children had bedrooms on the coveted second floor. Other student left for the holiday and decided to join play-writing competition. It meant that much to her. Her Aunt and grandfather have always been very proud of her, but what she really yearns for is her fathers attention and appreciation.
Adeline learned years later that her father had ordered all pictures of her mother destroyed. However, the Japanese, angered by the escaping of the American bombers, decide to punish the Chinese at Nan Tian Island through a massacre. Like the author, Ye Xian is deemed to bring bad luck because of the death of her mother when Ye Xian was five years old. Adeline enters her metamorphosis from a centipede to a butterfly. One day she eventually forgets her way home and is lost in a city all by herself and realizes that no one even bothers caring enough to look for her. Adeline quickly became the main target of Niang's cruelty.