The Pearl

Were the pearl buyers fair with the fisherman? Explain how they operated.

Chapter 4

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The pearl dealer, who symbolizes the ruling elite classes, proves to be another example of a manipulative professional man akin to the priest and the doctor. He shamelessly attempts to cheat Kino out of his money, offering a price that seems far too low for such a pearl; although there remains the possibility that the pearl may be an oddity with little practical value, the numerous attempts to steal the pearl, perhaps instigated by the pearl dealers, suggest otherwise. All the pearl buyers work for one man and are entrusted to get the lowest price possible for the pearl.