What effect has the pearl hard on the town and it's people?
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Which chapter of the novel does this question pertain to? Reactions to the pearl are different at different times throughout the story.
This question I ask is about chapter 7
The novel does not have a Chapter Seven, please check your study guide.
Sorry is chapter 6
In the final chapter of the story, the townspeople react as if Kino and Juana return with something to be feared. Whether it was the pearl itself, or the parents who arrived carrying the lifeless body of their infant child is hard to say. None-the-less, eyes were averted and shades were drawn; greetings were withheld and a path was made.
And as they walked through the stone and plaster city brokers peered at them from barred windows and servants put one eye to a slitted gate and mothers turned the faces of their youngest children inward against their skirts. Kino and Juana strode side by side through the stone and plaster city and down among the brush houses, and the neighbors stood back and let them pass. Juan Tomas raised his hand in greeting and did not say the greeting and left his hand in the air for a moment uncertainly.