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The Pearl

The Pearl


by John Steinbeck

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The Pearl Primitivity Quotes

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Quote #1

Kino awakened in the near dark. (1.1)

The portrait painted of Kino is that of man at his most primitive.

Quote #2

The canoe of his grandfather, plastered over and over, and a splintered hole broken in it. This was an evil beyond thinking. The killing of a man was not so evil as the killing of a boat. For a boat does not have sons, and a boat cannot protect itself, and a wounded boat does not heal. There was sorrow in Kino's rage, but this last thing had tightened him beyond breaking. He was an animal now, for hiding, for attacking, and he lived only to preserve himself and his family. He was not conscious of the pain in his head. He leaped up the beach, through the brush line toward his brush house, and it did not occur to him to take one of the canoes of his neighbors. Never once did the thought enter his head, any more than he could have conceived breaking a boat. (5.15)

Kino becomes animalistic when he becomes the victim of inhumane offenses.

Quote #3

Some ancient thing stirred in Kino. Through his fear of dark and the devils that haunt the night, there came a rush of exhilaration; some animal thing was moving in him so that he was cautious and wary and dangerous; some ancient thing out of the past of his people was alive in him. The wind was at his back and the stars guided him. (6.3)

Suffering and danger have driven Kino to his primitive instincts.

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