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The effects on Elisa from sharing her plants are not normal at least compared to an ordinary gardeners sharing of plants in Steinbecks The Chrysanthemums Elisa is a sexually frustrated woman who cares for chrysanthemums in order to gain the happiness and stimulation that she doesnt get from her husband Henry After reading the beginning of the story Elisa could be described as an unclean and unattractive woman with no real reason to care for her body Henry just doesnt care so there is no sexuality between them Steinbecks first words to describe her were Her figure looked blocked and heavy in her gardening costume This assumption of her looks does change however when Elisa talks to the tinker about her chrysanthemumsTalking to the tinker about plants creates very lustful feelings for Elisa which are very uncommon and unheard of to an ordinary gardener When the tinker shows up at her house she shows no interest in him at first Her lack of interest in him changes however when he shows an interest in her plants When Elisa begins to talk about preparing sprouts for the tinker to take to a lady down the road she becomes very alert and eager She tore off the battered hat and shook out her dark pretty hair When Elisa talks to the tinker about the care of the chrysanthemums she is kneeling on the ground looking up at him Her breast swelled passionately Elisa knows that the tinker is interested in her as they continually flirt with each other Eventually she put the chrysanthemum sprouts in a pot and the tinker goes on his wayAfter the tinker leaves Elisa becomes proud of herself and her body She takes a bath admiring her body before and after it She then gets all dressed up putting on her newest underclothing and her nicest stockings and the dress which is the symbol of her prettiness Henry sees her and tells her
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