Two questions about the childhood name of the pivotal character in Mo Yan's Red Sorghum Clan:
Her childhood name was 九儿. Does this suggest she was one of (at least) nine children? I do not recall any point of the novel talking about any siblings but I may well have forgotten something. And of course the novel could imply they existed, and just not talk about them.
And should I suppose that Mo Yan intended to use the homophony with 酒 (wine)? Or does Mandarin just have so many homophones that I should not make anything of this one? In the story she has no special relation to 高粱酒 when she is young, but it becomes central to her adult life.