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The first three stories in this section are talking about the relationship between mothers and daughters and the last one is concluding the whole book "The Joy Luck Club". By examining this section, there is one moral in these four stories, which is the relationship between daughters and mothers, is very strong and mothers and daughters have similar fate and face.
The plots in these four stories can prove the moral above. In "Magpies", when An-mei hsu thinks about her daughter's marriage is fallen apart, she recalls her mother and how she followed her mother to Tientsin. An-mei also recalls the conflict between her mother, Wu Tsing and Second wife of Wu Tsing. She remembers how Second wife lied to her mother and how Wu Tsing forced her mother to become his Fourth wife. Finally, An-mei's mother died by taking too much opium. An-mei realizes her mother's situation is as same as her daughter, both of them cannot save their lives very well and they like magpies.
In "Waiting between the Trees", Ying-Ying St. Clair recalls her story in the childhood, when she sees signs in her daughter's house. Ying-Ying recalls how was her first marriage, how she met her first husband and final result on her first marriage. Ying-Ying also talks about her birth year of Tiger and the relationship between she and Clifford St. Clair and how both of them become equally. Ying-Ying realizes the relationship between her and Clifford St. Clair is also as same as her daughter and her husband. Ying-Ying also talks that her daughter is as same as a Tiger. At the end, Yin-Yin know her daughter will go upstairs when her daughter fight with her husband and she will wait for her coming.
In "Double Face", when Lindo Jong looks at her daughter's face, she compares American faces and Chinese faces. Lindo Jong recalls what her mother had told her fortune by looking her face. She also remembers how she moves to America and she realizes that her face becomes American face already.
In "A pair of Ticket", Jing-Mei Woo talks about her feeling before she meet her two sisters. Also, Jing-Mei talks about the meeting in the Airport with her father and aunt. In the meeting, Jing-Mei's father talks about Jing-Mei's mother and how she escaped when Japanese came to China and how she leaves her two daughters on the rail.
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