The Pearl

What does the narrator mean when he says, `A town is a thing like a colonial animal`

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A town is comparable to an animal. It develops in stages and becomes older and more clear cut as time goes on.

THe town is a mixture of the colonial (European) and Indigenous. It reacts to specific situations rooted in centuries of culture both imposed and organic. Matters of money, like the pearl mean far more than just wealth. Tribal identity, racism and a host of other variables come into play.