The Pearl

How does Kino react to Juana’s pleas? Why does he answer Juana as he does? What does this suggest about Kino’s personality?

 Juana begs Kino to get rid of the pearl. She insists that the pearl will destroy their family, including Coyotito.

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KIno will not accept Juana's pleas. He is aggressive and even violent. The Pearl has cast a spell on Kino. The Pearl offers Kino a way out of poverty and the promise of a better life: a life that has social stature like the men he despises. KIno is the head of the family and stubborn with pride. Even the wisdom of his wife will not change his mind.