The Pearl

Kino is going to offer his pearl to the village's buyers. Has this way of doing business been challenged in the past? What happened? Explain using examples from the text.

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Before leaving to sell the pearl, Juan Tomas warns Kino and Juana to get the best price for the pearl, and tells him how their ancestors got an agent to sell their pearls, but this agent ran off with the pearls. Kino had heard the story told as a warning of punishment against those who try to leave their station.