The Pearl

by Steinbeck, John Year Published:
The discovery of a huge pearl seems to be a gift from the sea which will raise Kino’s family from poverty, a gift which turns out to be as poisonous as the bite of the scorpion which torments his small son, Coyotito. Deceived by pearl buyers, tormented by thieves, set apart by the jealous villagers, Kino and Juana make a variety of decisions which result in the death of their son, death of their tormenters, and the return of the pearl to the sea.