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Down the rope that hung the baby's box from the roof support a scorpion moved slowly. His stinging tail was straight out behind him, but he could whip it up in a flash of time. Kino's breath whistled in his nostrils and he opened his mouth to stop it. And then the startled look was gone from him and the rigidity from his body.
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In his mind a new song had come, the Song of Evil, the music of the enemy, of any foe of the family, a savage, secret, dangerous melody, and underneath, the Song of the Family cried plaintively. The scorpion moved delicately down the rope toward the box. Under her breath Juana repeated an ancient magic to guard against such evil, and on top of that she muttered a Hail Mary between clenched teeth.
But Kino was in motion. His body glided quietly across the room, noiselessly and smoothly. His hands were in front of him, palms down, and his eyes were on the scorpion. Beneath it in the hanging box Coyotito laughed and reached up his hand toward it. It sensed danger when Kino was almost within reach of it. It stopped, and its tail rose up over its back in little jerks and the curved thorn on the tail's end glistened.
Kino stood perfectly still. He could hear Juana whispering the old magic again, and he could hear the evil music of the enemy. He could not move until the scorpion moved, and it felt for the source of the death that was coming to it.
Kino's hand went forward very slowly, very smoothly. The thorned tail jerked upright. And at that moment the laughing Coyotito shook the rope and the scorpion fell. Kino's hand leaped to catch it, but it fell past his fingers, fell on the baby's shoulder, landed and struck. Then, snarling, Kino had it, had it in his fingers, rubbing it to a paste in his hands. He threw it down and beat it into the earth floor with his fist, and Coyotito screamed with pain in his box.
But Kino beat and stamped the enemy until it was only a fragment and a moist place in the dirt. His teeth were bared and fury flared in his eyes and the Song of the Enemy roared in his ears.
But Juana had the baby in her arms now. She found the puncture with redness starting from it already. She put her lips down over the puncture and sucked hard and spat and sucked again while Coyotito screamed.
Kino hovered; he was helpless, he was in the way. The screams of the baby brought the neighbors.
Out of their brush houses they poured- Kino's brother Juan Tomas and his fat wife Apolonia and their four children crowded in the door and blocked the entrance, while behind them others tried to look in, and one small boy crawled among legs to have a look. And those in front passed the word back to those behind- "Scorpion.
The baby has been stung. The little hole was slightly enlarged and its edges whitened from the sucking, but the red swelling extended farther around it in a hard lymphatic mound. And all of these people knew about the scorpion.
An adult might be very ill from the sting, but a baby could easily die from the poison. First, they knew, would come swelling and fever and tightened throat, and then cramps in the stomach, and then Coyotito might die if enough of the poison had gone in.
But the stinging pain of the bite was going away. Coyotito's screams turned to moans. Kino had wondered often at the iron in his patient, fragile wife. She, who was obedient and respectful and cheerful and patient, she could arch her back in child pain with hardly a cry.
She could stand fatigue and hunger almost better than Kino himself.
In the canoe she was like a strong man. And now she did a most surprising thing. And they repeated among themselves, "Juana wants the doctor. To get him would be a remarkable thing. The doctor never came to the cluster of brush houses. Why should he, when he had more than he could do to take care of the rich people who lived in the stone and plaster houses of the town. She looked up at him, her eyes as cold as the eyes of a lioness. This was Juana's first baby- this was nearly everything there was in Juana's world.
And Kino saw her determination and the music of the family sounded in his head with a steely tone. The people in the door pushed against those behind to let her through. Kino followed her. They went out of the gate to the rutted path and the neighbors followed them.
The thing had become a neighborhood affair.
They made a quick soft- footed procession into the center of the town, first Juana and Kino, and behind them Juan Tomas and Apolonia, her big stomach jiggling with the strenuous pace, then all the neighbors with the children trotting on the flanks.
And the yellow sun threw their black shadows ahead of them so that they walked on their own shadows. They came to the place where the brush houses stopped and the city of stone and plaster began, the city of harsh outer walls and inner cool gardens where a little water played and the bougainvillaea crusted the walls with purple and brick-red and white. They heard from the secret gardens the singing of caged birds and heard the splash of cooling water on hot flagstones. The procession crossed the blinding plaza and passed in front of the church.
It had grown now, and on the outskirts the hurrying newcomers were being softly informed how the baby had been stung by a scorpion, how the father and mother were taking it to the doctor.
And the newcomers, particularly the beggars from the front of the church who were great experts in financial analysis, looked quickly at Juana's old blue skirt, saw the tears in her shawl, appraised the green ribbon on her braids, read the age of Kino's blanket and the thousand washings of his clothes, and set them down as poverty people and went along to see what kind of drama might develop. But there was a price below which they dared not go, for it had happened that a fisherman in despair had given his pearls to the church.
And when the buying was over, these buyers sat alone and their fingers played rest- lessly with the pearls, and they wished they owned the pearls. For there were not many buyers really—there was only one, and he kept these agents in separate offices to give a semblance of competition.
And each one thought how with some capital he could get a new start. All manner of people grew interested in Kino—people with things to sell and people with favors to ask.
The essence of pearl mixed with essence of men and a curious dark residue was pre- cipitated. Every man suddenly became related to Kino,s pearl, and Kino's pearl went into the dreams, the specula- tions, the schemes, the plans, the futures, the wishes, the needs,. The news stirred up something infinitely black and evil in the town; the black distillate was like the scorpion, or like hunger in the smell of food, or like loneliness when love is withheld. The poi- son sacs of the town began to manufacture venom, and the town swelled and puffed with the pressure of it.
But Kino and Juana did not know these things. Because they were happy and excited they thought everyone shared their joy. In the afternoon, when the sun had gone over the mountains of the Peninsula to sink in the outward sea, Kino squatted in his house with Juana beside him. And the brush house was crowded with neighbors. Kino held the great pearl in his hand, and it was warm and alive in his hand. And the music of the pearl had merged with the music of the family so that one beautified the other.
They are poorly off there, but happy. They cannot give very much to their son, but they can give him the most important thing: love. One day Coyotito is stung by a scorpion and, a baby like Coyotito can easily die of that. Coyotito is the firstborn and almost everything that belongs to Juana and Kino.
The parents are terribly worried about Coyotito and so they do everything to help the baby. They go to the doctor, but he is a white man and he also helps only white men, besides, Kino has no money to pay the doctor. Chapter Now Kino wants to find a pearl to be able to pay the doctor and he believes that Coyotito will die if he does not find a pearl. The one valuable thing that Kino owns is his canoe. He got it from his father and his father inherited it from his grandfather.
The canoes are made of a hard shell- like plaster by a secret method that has also come to him from his father.
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In this boat Kino, Juana and the sick baby Coyotito go out on the sea to look for pearls. Juana gathers some brown seaweed and puts it on Coyotito's swollen shoulder. That is a better remedy than the doctor could give it but they do not believe it, because it does not cost anything. Then Kino takes a basket and dives to the ground. There he lifts some oysters and puts then into the basket, then he sees an open one and he believes that he has seen a pearl inside.
Then the oyster closes, it is a very big one, Kino lifts it, puts it into the basket and goes back into the boat. There he opens the oysters with a knife.
In the large one he sees a very big and pretty pearl. He cannot believe it at first.
The pearl is as large as a seagull's egg. It is the biggest pearl in the world. Kino has found the greatest pearl of the world. But that is not the only luck. When they regard Coyotito, they see that the swelling is going out of the baby's shoulder, the poison is receding from its body.
Chapter In the town it spreads quickly, that Kino has found the greatest and most beautiful pearl in the world, and so, after some time, everybody is informed about it.
A lot of man are happy with Kino, because Kino is their friend, but also a lot of men want to get Kino's pearl. So some try to become Kino's fiends quickly, while others think that they can get the pearl when they kill Kino. Also the doctor knows in no time at all that Kino is now the owner of a very big, and maybe even very valuable, pearl. So the doctor sets off to Kino's hut, to treat Coyotito there for his scorpion sting.
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When the Doc sees that Coyotito is already well, he gives him some white powder, which makes the baby ill, and an hour later doctor returns and gives the baby again something so that he becomes well again. So the doctor can say, that he has saved the baby's life from the scorpion sting.Similarly, as Kino's mind becomes tainted because of his attempted association with the foreign doctor, the pearl also becomes symbolically tainted.
He would sacrifice his life for her; yet when she crosses him by trying to throw away the pearl, he can be quite severe with her. For example, when the priest arrives, "the melody of the morning, the music of evil, of the enemy sounded. Each of the three knew the pearl was valueless. Kino spoke to him in the old language.
Coyotito whimpered and Juana muttered little magics over him to make him silent. Before he found the pearl, he was a noble and a very determined person who sought fortune for his family. However sophisticated one might become, there is always something that one finds appealing in the "noble savage" or the "pristine innocence" of people like Kino, whose life is lived close to the simple harmony of the natural world and who is not affected by the hypocrisies and artificialities of the "civilized world.
Even though Kino instinctly knows that he is being cheated by the pearl buyers, he clings to the pearl because his very manhood has been challenged by the "dark ones," the unknown ones who attacked him during the night. Since they travel during the night, at dawn they conceal themselves in a clearing and settle down for the day; Juana and Coyotito sleep, and Kino watches over them.