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Kingston, learns from her mother that she once had an aunt who killed herself and her newborn baby by jumping into the family well in China. The woman's husband had left the country years before, so the villagers knew the baby was illegitimate.
The No Named Woman gives birth into the barn
The No Name Woman jumped into the well with her baby after she gave birth.
The night that the baby was born, the villagers raided and destroyed the family house.
Kingston's mother tells her the story as a cautionary tale, in the years Kingston begins to menstruate. Her mother warns her to be careful lest the same fate fall upon her.
Kingston, looking back on the story later, thinks about the world in which she was raised, an "invisible world" of ghost transposed from Chinese rural life into the emigrant's new home in America.
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