Kino has a vision when he looks into the pearl. What does he see? Has his vision of the pearl changed since he found it?
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He looked into his pearl to find his vision. "When we sell it at last, I will have a rifle," he said, and he looked into the shining surface for his rifle, but he saw only a huddled dark body on the ground with shining blood dripping from its throat. And he said quickly, "We will be married in a great church." And in the pearl he saw Juana with her beaten face crawling home through the night. "Our son must learn to read," he said frantically. And there in the pearl Coyotito's face, thick and feverish from the medicine.
Kino initaily saw all of his dreams in the surface of the pearl. He saw a rifle for himself, a church wedding, and and education for his son. In the final chapter, each of Kino's dreams is shadowed by the reality of his situation. The rifle would be gotten through death, the church wedding was replaced by the fear and tragedy he saw in Juana's face, and the son he wished to see educated was sick unto death with the poison administered by the greedy doctor.