"So Little Pig began to sing an old song in a high, quavering voice, and old Mrs. Wang listened and forgot the Japanese. The evening was beautiful, the sky so clear and still that the willows overhanging the dike were reflected even in the muddy water. Everything was at peace" (Buck, 18).
When the Japanese arrive in their planes during the night, everyone flees, except for Mrs. Wang, who can't run because of her bound feet.
The Japanese soldiers are approaching, and Mrs. Wang needs to find a way to keep them away, so she decides to open the dike gate and let the water rush out, in hopes of drowning the soldiers, but drowns herself in the process.