Half-starved, the family joins thousands of peasants to beg on the city streets. It seems that all is lost, until O-lan’s desperate will to survive returns them home with undreamt of wealth. But they have betrayed the earth from which true wealth springs, and the family’s money breeds only mistrust, deception.
Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth
“And roots, if they are to bear fruits, must be kept well in the soil of the land.”