The Pearl

What does Steinback mean when he says, "A town is a thing like a colonial animal "?

Ch 3-4

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In essence, this means the town is a mixture of the colonial (European) and Indigenous. It reacts to specific situations rooted in centuries of culture both imposed and organic. Matters of money, like the pearl mean far more than just wealth. Tribal identity, racism and a host of other variables come into play.