by John Steinbeck
The Pearl Good vs. Evil Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"I was attacked in the dark," said Kino. "And in the fight I have killed a man."
"Who?" asked Juan Tomás quickly.
"I do not know. It is all darkness – all darkness and shape of darkness."
"It is the pearl," said Juan Tomás. "There is a devil in this pearl. You should have sold it and passed on the devil. Perhaps you can still sell it and buy peace for yourself." (5.28 – 5.31)
Everyone except for Kino recognizes the trouble brought on by the pearl.
He looked into his pearl to find his vision. "When we sell it at last, I will have a rifle," he said, and he looked into the shining surface for his rifle, but he saw only a huddled dark body on the ground with shining blood dripping from its throat. And he said quickly, "We will be married in a great church." And in the pearl he saw Juana with her beaten face crawling home through the night. "Our son must learn to read," he said frantically. And there in the pearl Coyotito's face, thick and feverish from the medicine.
And Kino thrust the pearl back into his clothing, and the music of the pearl had become sinister in his ears, and it was interwoven with the music of evil. (6.16 – 6.17)
The pearl isn’t evil itself, as evidenced by the mingling of music here—it is simply made evil by those who desire it.