Steinbeck, John: The Pearl

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John Steinbeck THE PEARL Kino and his wife, Juana live in a brush-house in Central America outside of the city at the Gulf. Everything they own is a canoe. One morning after breakfast, a scorpion stings their child Coyotito. Juana dares to go to a doctor, but the available doctor only visits the rich and refuses to see the child of the poor Indian family. Desperately, Kino and Juana get into their boat hoping they will find pearls that are worth a lot of money to pay for Coyotitos treatment. As Kino dives down, he suddenly finds a big shell. He brings it up, opens it and they see a great pearl, perfect as the moon. It captured the light and refined it and gave it back in silver incandescence. It was as large as a seagulls egg. It was the greatest pearl in the world. 1 The news spreads very fast and everybody knows about Kino having found the pearl. Everybody starts dreaming about what he would do with the pearl. The people in town become jealous. As the doctor hears about Kinos luck, he comes to see the baby. Coyotito is about to die, but the doctor can help in the last minute. As they go to bed, Kino buries the pearl close to his sleeping mat because he fears that someone will steal it. He suspects everyone. At night someone wants to break in but Kino attacks the person and he leaves. They decide to sell the pearl the next day. Juana says that the pearl is a sin and only brings evil and that they should throw it back into the sea. Kino refuses and dreams of his son being ...

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