c Pearson Education Limited 2007 The Pearl - Teacher's notes of 3
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Summary A Mexican Indian pearl diver called Kino finds a very valuable pearl that can change his life and his family's life for good. As soon as the priest, the doctor, and the pearl buyers hear of Kino's extraordinary find, they try to trick him into giving them the pearl. After a series of disasters, Kino throws the pearl back into the sea.
Chapter 1: Kino, Juana and their baby son, Coyotito, live in a wooden house by the sea in peace and contentment. One morning, a scorpion stings Coyotito on the shoulder and the wealthy town doctor to whom they take the child refuses to help him because they are poor.
Chapters 2-3: Later that same morning, Kino and Juana take their canoe to the oyster bed in the hope of finding a good pearl to pay the doctor's fees. To their great surprise, they come across a very big pearl, the Pearl of the World, which will allow Kino's dreams to come true. He wants to marry Juana in the church, send Coyotito to school, buy clothes for the family and a gun for himself. News travels quickly and soon the townsfolk start devising ways in which to get money out of Kino.
The priest is the first to come and visit them to remind Kino of his duty to the church.
Chapters 4-5: The doctor soon comes to treat Coyotito and, although the child is much better, he persuades the couple that the child is very ill in order to "cure" him with his own medicine. When still in Kino's house, the doctor tricks Kino into unwittingly revealing where he has hidden the pearl. That same night a thief tries to rob Kino of his pearl, but fails.
The following day, Kino tries to sell the pearl in his town but the pearl dealers have already agreed to tell Kino that
the pearl is valueless because it is too big. Aware of the trick, Kino decides to sell the pearl in another town.
Chapter 6: Both Juan Tomás, Kino's brother, and Juana try to convince Kino that it is dangerous to defy the white townsfolk, but Kino is adamant: he will go to the capital and find an honest buyer. That night, another thief tries to get hold of the pearl but also fails.
Chapters 7-8: That same night, Juana tries to throw the pearl back into the sea, aware of the fact that its possession will end up destroying her family. Kino follows her, stops her and hits her. On his way back to their house, he is attacked a third time and kills the man in self-defense. When getting ready to flee the town, Kino finds that his canoe has been broken and that his house is on fire. In despair, the family hides in Kino's brother's house before leaving the town. After a day's walk Kino realizes they are being followed by three trackers. To escape, the family heads toward the mountains and hides in a small cave close to a stream.
Chapter 9: That evening, the trackers, in search of water, camp on the same site, unaware that the family is so close. Kino...