2Vocabulary – Chapter 3 1) Semblance – false or deceptive appearance 2) Precipitated – brought on or caused,usually suddenly3) Lucent – clear & bright; crystal4) Benediction – blessing or grace5) Subjugation –servitude; defeat; enslavement
3Vocabulary – Chapter 3 6) Dissembling – deceiving; disguising one’s true feelings or aims7) Clamored – made a loud noise;roared or shouted8) Furtive – stealthy, sly or sneaky9) Consecrated – blessed or holy10) Cozened – deceived; tricked
4The Pearl - Chapter 3In the opening, to what is the town compared? Why do you suppose the author makes this comparison?
5He compares the town to a “colonial animal.” (page 21) The comparison emphasizes not only the relationship of the part to the whole, but also the individuality of each town. Each person is a part of the larger whole, and each contributes to the welfare of the whole. The village became a town, just as one animal eventually becomes a community of cooperative animals.Remember in Chapter 1 that Kino felt safe and secure because he felt a part of “the Whole.”
6How does the news of the pearl affect the priest? The priest thinks of repairs to the church that the pearl might help pay for.
7How does the news of the pearl affect the shopkeepers? The shopkeepers think about the clothes they might sell to Kino.
8How does the news of the pearl affect the doctor? The doctor is now quite willing to treat the baby, and we can be sure he will charge a high fee for his services.
9How does the news of the pearl affect the beggars? The beggars think of Kino’s hoped-for generosity.
10IronyThe priest’s irony is that he expects Kino’s kindness, but does not even know if Coyotito has been baptized by the church.The doctor, who previously refused to even see the baby, now claims that he is treating Coyotito for the scorpion sting.
11In what sense does Kino become “every man’s enemy”? Finding the pearl arouses everyone’s greed and envy. If people would only possess the pearl, they themselves could have everything, but because Kino has the pearl, he stands in their way.
12How does Steinbeck compare the news of the pearl to the poisonous sting of the scorpion? Steinbeck points out that a scorpion’s poison makes the person bitten ill, just as “the dreams, speculation, the schemes, the plans, the futures, the wishes, the deeds, the lusts, the hungers of everyone” are spreading throughout the town and making the inhabitants sick. (pg. 23)
13What literary term does Steinbeck employ on pg What literary term does Steinbeck employ on pg. 23 to emphasize what the townspeople’s desire for the pearl was?He uses similes: “…like hunger in the smell of food, or like loneliness when love is withheld.”
14What does Kino say he will do once the pearl is sold? Get married in the churchBuy clothes and a rifleEducate his son
15Kino hears “the music of evil” faintly. (pg Kino hears “the music of evil” faintly. (pg. 27) Who do you think brings it in?The priest enters; Kino, apparently, becomes uneasy and suspicious of him.
16As the doctor approaches, why is Kino feeling rage? He knows that the doctor has come only because the greedy man has heard the news about the pearl. Kino hates the doctor for the way he acts and also because he represents the evils of the entire system.
17How does Kino feel trapped by his own ignorance? Kino does not trust what the doctor says, but because of his own ignorance, especially his inability to read, he cannot be certain that the doctor’s information is not true.
18What do you guess the doctor gives Coyotito? The doctor may have given the child something to make him sick.
19How does the doctor find out where Kino has hidden the pearl? He mentions that the pearl may be stolen and carefully watches where Kino’s eyes dart.
20After the intruder is scared off, what does Juana say about the pearl? She says that the pearl is evil and will destroy them. She wants Kino to throw it away; she recognizes the great envy and greed the pearl has aroused. They had been happy and their life untroubled but no longer. Possessing the pearl has become a burden.
21Why can Kino not do as Juana wants? He sees the pearl as their only chance for a better future.