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He hits her in his rage. Kino is obsessed with the illusions that the pearl holds. This power transcends even the respect he has for his wife. The Pearl, like the ring in "Lord of the Rings", owns Kino the more he values it. Juana threatened to sever the connection. Juana has no other option. Kino is the head of the family and she has disobeyed him. For Juana, Kino's punishment is the burden she must bare.