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The Story of the Pearl

The Story of the Pearl

One morning, a morning that seemed like any other, Kino and his wife as usual got up and started breakfast. This wasn’t like any other day though. Coyotito, the baby, was just waking up when all of a sudden Juana and Kino noticed there was a scorpion on the baby’s hanging crib. Kino slowly walked over and tried to grab the scorpion but it fell on the baby and stung it.

The family went to the town doctor with the baby but the unscrupulous doctor wouldn’t see them because they didn’t have any money. So the family left depressed, the baby’s arm was swelling and it seemed to be getting worse. Juana, the baby’s mother, tried to put a few bits of seaweed, which should have helped, but it didn’t.

Kino went pearl hunting as usual but this day he found a huge very valuable pearl. Everyone heard about it in town, the doctor knew it was Kino who had arrived at his house earlier that day. The doctor went to Kino’s house to check on the baby. He pretended that the baby was about to die, he gave the baby some medicine and Kino told the doctor he would pay him when he received the money for his pearl.

The next morning, Kino went to try to sell his pearl, but the pearl dealers had already talked and decided to tell Kino that the pearl was fake and not worth anything. Kino knew how much the pearl was worth and when the pearl dealers told him that it wasn’t worth a lot of money he became very angry. He told them that they were liars and they didn’t know what they were talking about.

He became very scared and every night when he was about to go to sleep he hid the pearl, because he knew that people were trying to steal it. The reason being that someone had already tried to steal it. One night Juana woke up and tried to go out into the ocean and throw the pearl away, but Kino ran after her, hit her in the face, so that she fell down into the water. He was walking back to the house when a dark man attacked him; he killed the man because he was trying to take his pearl.

Kino knew then that he had to...

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