chapter  II
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EMERGING FROM POVERTY

Accustomed as Hwang Dunglin was to the life of the store in the town, he was nevertheless not totally indifferent to the agricultural life of his people and the work of his brother Dungmin at home in the village. Round the table at family gatherings, at the festival seasons or on special occasions, the Hwang brothers discussed both business and farming. They talked about the seasonal rains and water for irrigation; they planned ploughing and hoeing the fields, sowing and harvesting the crops and paying the taxes and rents. As the family had not been officially divided, the capital and money income of the store, as well as the family lands and their produce, were still common property, belonging to both the brothers. Thus the two young men took an interest in each other's work and planned together for the good of the whole family.