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The PearlKino a poor Indian fisherman lives on the Gulf of California with his wife Juana and son Coyotito Their simple hut is made of brush and the couple sleeps on mats thrown on the dirt floor while Coyotito sleeps in a hanging box Like others in their poor village they depend on nature for survivalAs The Pearl begins dawn is breaking Kino watches the sun rise and listens to the sounds of the morning But within moments a dangerous situation develops A poisonous scorpion stings Coyotito Kinos infant son and the babys screams draw people from all over the village Juana insists that the doctor be called but Kino knows the physician is Spanish and considers himself above treating poor Indians This does not satisfy Juana who announces that if the doctor will not come to the village then they will go to his house But the doctor refuses to treat Coyotito because Kino is too poor Later that day while Kino and Juana are fishing in the Gulf Kino finds an enormous pearl and cries out in joy He believes the pearl will make him rich and enable him to provide security for his family But Kino discovers otherwise The pearl stirs envy in the villagers and that night Kino is attacked in his hut by a thief The following day he tries to sell the pearl to buyers in town but he is offered only a small amount of money for it The buyers all work for the same man They know the pearl is worth a fortune but hope to buy it cheaply by pretending that it is worth littleKino says he will sell his pearl in the capital city where he believes he will get a fair price This amazes the villagers because Kino has never traveled so far After dark that evening Kino is attacked again Juana is sure the pearl is evil and will destroy the family During
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