he wrung <food> from the earth

park sang joon

Senior Member
This novel is set in a Chinese village before World War One.
The protagonist lives with his wife and father, his wife was a maid to so rich a family.
The time for his wife's first birth is drawing near, and she wants to dress herself and the baby in new clothes when a baby will be born.
He gave her some money.

Wang Lung sat smoking, thinking of the silver as it had lain upon the table. It had come out of the earth, this silver, out of his earth that he ploughed and turned and spent himself upon. He took his life from this earth; drop by drop by his sweat he wrung food from it and from the food, silver.
<The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck>
I'd like to know why it is "food," not "grain."
Thank you in advance for your help.
  • Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    Unless you know from earlier in the text, there is nothing to indicate that he only sowed & reaped grain crops. Even if he did only produce grain I assume it was sold as food:rolleyes:
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