The Silk Merchant
Trinh Thi Hue, my maternal grandmother, stored her silk in six large wooden trunks--each the size of a piano--in the two rooms Upstairs, toward the back of her house in Hanoi. The chests were protected by the Chinese god Quan Cong presiding on an altar set up in the outer room. They looked simple, but they contained the small fortune my grandmother had painstakingly accumulated since my grandfather's death. They gave her a livelihood, without which she would have fallen into a marginal existence. They allowed her to prosper and to earn respect at a time when wealth was beginning to confer status and prestige. The two upstairs rooms were like an
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Publication information: Book title: The Sacred Willow:Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family. Contributors: Duong Van Mai Elliott - Author. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 53.
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