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The Pearl By John Steinbeck Kino lived in a brush house along the Gulf of Spain with his wife Juana and baby boy Coyotito Like his relatives he was a poor diver and was not very wealthy He would dive to the bottom of the pearl beds and gather anything of value that washed in from the Gulf Kino was a strong young man with long black hair that covered his face with a thin rough mustache In the mornings when he woke up Kino would listen to the tiny waves roll up on the shore Since his people were once great song makers Kino would sit think and sing the beautiful songs of his great ancestors The town along the Gulf was small and peaceful where everybody knew each other which was where Kino wanted to live his life Things seemed to be going perfect for him One morning his child awakened with a scorpion sting on his right shoulder The doctor would not tend to the puncture because he knew Kinos family had little money Kino became enraged with fury because the doctors greed of money was more important than the treatment and life of Coyotito Kino frantically needed to search the pearl beds below in order to come up with something valuable The perfect pearl about the size of a sea gulls egg was found This pearl meant everything to Kino because it determined the life of his son He began to think of ways of how to spend the money that he would receive from the pearl He saw in the pearl that his family would have new clothes He and Juana could now get married in a church Kino saw Coyotito having a harpoon and himself with a new rifle His son could even attend school when he grew old enough People told Keno that the pearl was worthless because it was too
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