Waverly is a 6-year-old girl born in San Francisco, USA, she is a girl that tries her best to reach the goals that she had set for herself, even if the process included hardworking and determination, she still finds her way towards her goal.
In the book, the author talks about how Waverly tries to play chess with her brothers, but a game ends up into an argument, with their mother ending the last paragraph with:” Every time people come out from foreign country, must know the rules”. That sentence had inspired Waverly to want to learn how to play chess. Some evidence that proves that she works hard towards her goals is:”I found out about all the whys later. I read the rules and looked up all the big words in a dictionary. I borrowed books from the Chinatown library. I studied each chess piece, trying to absorb the power each contained.” (Tan 337) This first quote explains that she was eager to read about the rules of chess, and wanted to learn how to play it, so later on, she could play her brother, and potentially beat him. Another quote that shows her determination towards chess is this quote:”Want to play? I asked him. His face widened with surprise and he grinned as he looked at the box under my arm”. (Tan 338) Waverly knew that she couldn’t be good at chess just by reading and learning, she needed a personal to practice her skills on. So when she saw the opportunity, she didn’t miss it. She works hard not just at being good at chess. But anything she wants. For example:” Vincent first refused to let me play, but when I offered my life savers as replacements for the buttons that filled in for the missing pieces, he relented.” This quote shows that he’ll do whatever it takes to achieve her goal.
To be honest, I would think that I would be similar to Waverly. This is because for example, in the book it said:”I found out about all the whys later. I read the rules and looked up all the big words in a dictionary. I borrowed books from the Chinatown library. I studied each chess piece, trying to absorb the power each contained.” Which meant that she was very into and eager to get better at chess. Same for me also, if I get interested in something, I would spend a lot of time on it, and do whatever it takes for me to get better at it. For example, in this short story, Waverly was willing to learn about chess every day, and for me, I would be extremely willing to practice my basketball every day. Because we both know, practice makes perfect.