chapter 3, p. 24
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house, the nerves of the town were pulsing and vibrating with the news-
put a thoughtful look in his eyes and a memory of certain repairs
necessary to the church. He wondered what the pearl would be worth.
age, though neither she nor the doctor would admit it. And when it was
made plain who Kino was, the doctor grew stern and judicious at the
same time. "He is a client of mine," the doctor said. "I am treating
his child for a scorpion sting."
distillate was like the scorpion, or like hunger in the smell of food, or like loneliness when love is withheld. The poison sacs of the town began to manufacture venom, and the town swelled and puffed with the
pressure of it.