Character Analysis in The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter
The narrator of the poem is characterized as a lonely, isolated woman who longs for the return of her husband. We learn that she was very young at the time of her marriage (although this was typical of arranged marriages when Li Po wrote his original poem.) She reflects back on her bashful disposition when she was first married and wonders why she would have ever wanted to be separated from him. As such, the narrator depicts herself as a loving and faithful wife who writes a letter reminding her husband of her commitment and devotion.