The Question and Answer section for The Chrysanthemums is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Most women in the era were married when they were teenagers with the expectation of having children soon after. Having no children was a social stigma.
I'm sorry, there are no characters in The Chrysanthemums by the name of either Homer or Cortez.
Elisa's easy banter with the tinker, her eloquence in describing the intuitive connection she has with her chrysanthemums, and her robust energy indicates that she is in the prime of her life physically and intellectually.