The Main Characters In The Pearl By John Steinbeck

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I read the book The Pearl by John Steinbeck. This book was wrote in 1947. The main character is Kino. Kino has a wife Juana and a infant son Coyotito. They live in a modest brush house by the sea. One morning a scorpion stings Coyotito. Hoping to protect their son, Kino and Juana rush him to the doctor in town. The doctor turns them away because they are poor natives who cannot pay enough. Later that same morning, Kino and Juana take their family canoe, an heirloom, out to the estuary to go diving for pearls. Juana makes a bandage for Coyotito’s wound, while Kino searches the sea bottom. Juana’s prayers for a large pearl are answered when Kino surfaces with the largest pearl either of them has ever seen. Kino lets out a triumphant yell at his good fortune. In the afternoon, the whole neighborhood gathers at Kino’s brush house to celebrate his find. Kino names a list of things he will do with his new wealth. Including a education for his son. The neighbors wonder if he is foolish or wise to harbor such ambitions.
Toward evening, the local priest visits Kino to bless him in his good fortune and to remind him of his place within the church. Shortly after, the doctor arrives, explaining that he was out in the morning but has come now to cure Coyotito. He gives a powdered capsule and promises to return in an hour. While the doctor is gone Coyotito grows violently ill, and Kino decides to bury the pearl under the floor in a corner of the brush house. The doctor returns and feeds

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