The Pearl

in 'Chapter 3' 1. To what does Steinbeck compare the town? Use a quote from the story.

1. To what does Steinbeck compare the town? Use a quote from the story.

2. The news of Kino's pearl spread quickly across town. What did each person think of when he heard it? What does that say about the “power of the pearl?”

3. What would Kino do with his riches? What does that suggest about his character?

4. Why does the doctor come? What does he do?

5. What bad thing happened to make Juana want to throw away the pearl? What does that suggest about the pearl?

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Steinbeck compares the town to a "colonial animal”. The town has become a separate entity from the indigenous people. Steinbeck says it has a "separate nervous system" I have always taken this to mean that the town operates separately from the values, beliefs and practices of the natives. Like the colonials it sucks up whatever worth it can out of its struggling people, just as it will try to do to Kino.