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"His people had once been great makers of songs so that everything they saw or thought or did or heard became a song. That was very long ago. The songs
remained; Kino knew them, but no new songs were added. That does not
mean that there were no personal songs. In Kino's head there was a song
now, clear and soft, and if he had been able to speak of it, he would
have called it the Song of the Family."
"A late moth blustered in to find the fire. The Song of the Family came now from behind Kino. And the rhythm of the family song was the grinding stone where Juana worked the corn for the morning cakes."
"Juana sang softly an ancient song that had only three notes and yet endless variety of interval. And this was part of the family song too. It was all part. Sometimes it rose to an aching chord that caught the throat, saying this is safety, this is warmth, this is the Whole."
"Across the brush fence were other brush houses, and the smoke came from
them too, and the sound of breakfast, but those were other songs, their
pigs were other pigs, their wives were not Juana."
"In his mind a new song had come, the Song of Evil, the music of the enemy, of any foe of the family, a savage, secret, dangerous melody, and underneath, the Song of the Family cried plaintively."
"He could hear Juana whispering the old magic again, and he could hear the evil music of the enemy."
"His teeth were bared and fury flared in his eyes and the Song of the Enemy roared in his ears."
"They heard from the secret gardens the singing of caged birds and heard the splash of cooling water on hot flagstones."
"And as Kino raised his right hand to the iron ring knocker in the gate, rage
swelled in him, and the pounding music of the enemy beat in his ears,
and his lips drew tight against his teeth- but with his left hand he
reached to take off his hat."
The Pearl/ Chapter 1