| Quote #4
The doctor, back in his house, settled into his chair and looked at his watch. His people brought him a little supper of chocolate and sweet cakes and fruit, and he stared at the food discontentedly.
Money is everyone’s main concern in The Pearl, even when it has no direct effect on their lives.
| Quote #5
But Kino had grown tight and hard. He felt the creeping of fate, the circling of wolves, the hover of vultures. He felt the evil coagulating about him, and he was helpless to protect himself. He heard in his ears the evil music. And on the black velvet the great pearl glistened, so that the dealer could not keep his eyes from it. (4.42)
The desire for wealth is an incredibly powerful emotion in The Pearl, and capable of corrupting what was formerly good (Kino).