My father has asked me to be the fourth corner at the Joy Luck Club. I am to replace my mother, whose seat at the mah jong table has been empty since she died two months ago. My father thinks she was killed by her own thoughts.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

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Look at this face. Do you see my foolish hope?

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

It is because I had so much joy that I came to have so much hate.

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Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever.

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I remember wondering why it was that eating something good could make me feel so terrible, while vomiting something terrible could make me feel so good.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

I began to look at all events and all things as relevant, an opportunity to take or avoid.

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