The Pearl

Kino's brother is older and wiser. What insightful comment does hemake about their friends? chapter 4

from the book the pearl by john steinbeck chapter 4

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He says that the pearl has corrupted most everybody in the village. Kino's possession of the pearl has poisoned the dynamic of Kino's friendships in the village with jealousy and contempt. Juan Tomas warns Kino that his friends will only protect him if they are not in danger.