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The Chrysanthemums

The Chrysanthemums

by John Steinbeck

Transformation Quotes Page 1

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Quote #1

The laughter had disappeared from his face and eyes the moment his laughing voice ceased. (33)

Here's a rather shocking transition. A charming, amiable stranger turns dark and brooding as he lets his forced laughter die away. He's clearly not what he seems.

Quote #2

"Oh, no," she said quickly. "Nothing like that." Her eyes hardened with resistance. (43)

This small transformation in Elisa introduces a stubbornness we haven't seen before. And it marks a change in her relationship with the tinker, which, though brief, has been totally friendly so far.

Quote #3

"What's them plants, ma'am?"

The irritation and resistance melted from Elisa's face. (50-51)

Here's another small change Elisa undergoes as she talks to the tinker. Their relationship certainly has its ups and downs. Why do you think it's so volatile?