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The Chrysanthemums is first person perspective short story about a woman who lives on ranch The author of the story is John Steinbeck The story takes place in the American Southwest in the late 1930s The characters of the story are Elisa Allen a gardener Henry Elisas husband and the man in the wagon The man travel across the county fixing pots and sharpening scissor and knives The story starts when Henry sells thirty head of steer and offers to take Elisa to town for dinner and a movie to celebrate the sale Henry heads off to finish some farm duties but Elisa decides to stay in the garden and finish gardening Later an older man in a wagon stops in front of the house The man asks Elisa if she has work for him He tells Elisa that he fixes metal items but Elisa did not have anything She gets annoyed with the man and tries to get him to leave Then the man admired her garden He told Elisa beautiful stories that grab Elisas attention Elisa changes her attitude and show interest He tells Elisa that through his journeys he has visited beautiful garden and seen Chrysanthemums that are grey like the smoke The man tells Elisa that one of his customers tells him to look for chrysanthemums seeds throughout his journey Elisa invites the man to her garden she prepares him a pot of chrysanthemum cuttings and gives him instructions Elisa admires the life of the man because of her passion for the garden The man leaves with a promise to deliver the pot of chrysanthemum cuttings After the men leaves Henry notices Elisas stronger and happier While in the road she saw the man has dropped the chrysanthemums cuttings in the road She cried like an old womanThe authors purpose is to tell the reader that people have different talents He was successful in telling the purpose because Elisa has
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