Steinbeck, John: The Pearl

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THE PEARL (By John Steinbeck) Kino: Kino is not confident with his life. All he wants is to give his wife a better life and that that his son learns to read and write. He doesn´t want his son, Coyotito, to grow up in a strow hut as a poor. Juana: Juana, the wife of Kino, is confident with her life. She prefers living in a small village and her wish is to have a nice family, a healthy son and a satisfiet husband, so she always helps Kino and stands by his side. Juan Tomás: He is Kino´s brother and helps him every time and they always stick together. Kino, his wife Juana and their son Coyotito live togehter in a small village near the sea. They are poor and live in a small strow huts and Kino´s job is to search pearls in the sea. One day Coyotito is stuck by a scorpion and gets very ill. So Kino and Juana decide to go to the doctor in the next bigger city. As they arrive there and as the doctor sees that they have no money he suddenly is not at home and can´t help the baby. Kino wants to give the doctor everything he has, but this isn´t enough. So they return home and Juana starts to suck out the poison as well as she can. The next morning when Kino is in his canoe, looking for pearls, he sees something shining in the sea. He jumps into the water and finds the biggest pearl he has ever seen. The villagers say that this is the pearl of the world. As the doctor hears of this event he visits Kino and Juana in the small village and gives Coyotito some pills, which saves his life. ...

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