Chinese Cinderella pg. 115-116 " At school, I had been so careful to pretend I came from a loving family. Now they knew the pathetic truth! Unwanted and unloved by my own parents! How long did it take for a person to die of shame?"
This quote is definitely significant to show the tone of this book. At school, Adeline excels more than any other student and school is her favorite place to be. At home, she is unwanted and unloved. When Adeline is elected as the school president, her friends follow her home from school to her house. Adeline isn't allowed to go to friend's homes or have friends at her house. Niang yells at Adeline and slaps her across the face multiple times. Niang orders Adeline's friends to be kicked out. After her friends quietly leave, Niang and Father inform her that she is moving back to Tianjin by herself to go live in an orphanage.
When Niang treats Adeline this way it didn't really surprise me because that is how she is always treated. Adeline gets accused of doing everything wrong, even when she doesn't do anything. Adeline is completely unwanted by all of her family except her aunt Baba and grandfather Ye Ye, and this quote really explains that.