Kino insists that he will overcome the evil and they shall not be cheated of their good fortune. He tries to get Kino reveal where the pearl is. Again, his brother urges Kino to give up the pearl, but Kino refuses. When they get there, everyone in the village is there and knows they have this huge pearl. Kino angrily insists he has been cheated and suggests that he will take the pearl to capital himself. Kino, a pearl diver by trade, is a simple man who deeply appreciates his quiet uncomplicated life. Kino hears a noise outside and takes his knife with him to the doorway.
Three neighboring pearl dealers enter the office and the one sitting at the desk tells them that he has made an offer but wants to see how they will assess the pearl without knowing his own offer. Additionally, the idealistic and charitable ideas that people propose reveal a simplistic attitude toward receiving such a great fortune; as Steinbeck has shown and will continue to show, Kino and Juana do not face easy decisions with regard to their newfound fortune, and in fact may be in serious danger. Kino sees the priest's greed, and the pressure he is putting on him to donate to the church, and feels uneasy. Kino decides that it is more auspicious to open the large oyster last, so he opens a small one first. Kino tries to defend the pearl and accuses the dealer of cheating him.
Kino's neighbors serve a similar function throughout the novella. This does no good because Kino is now enraged. Kino inches quietly but steadily towards the scorpion, frightened to move too fast lest he cause the scorpion to sting. Juan is afraid for Kino because from that point on, his life is new and without a script, and that makes it dangerous. A gun is social status thing to the Indians. Juan Tomás worries that Kino is in over his head and that, as their father taught them, it is a sin to try to go above your station. Juana hates the pearl because all it has brought is bad things so she tries to throw it in the ocean.
All the spectators hold their breath waiting to hear the buyer's offer. He assures that tomorrow they will go to the capital via canoe and rid themselves of their burden. Yesterday, they walked in the same procession to see the doctor, and they were defeated and turned away. She asks him again to get rid of the pearl but he still says no. Then he asks Kino to share some of his money with the church. Kino wants to use the money to properly marry Juana in a church and to send his son to school. Kino points out that according to the church, such a system must fail, as it represents a vain effort on the part of the pearlers to exceed their station in life.
Some believe the buyer and think Kino a fool not to have taken the generous offer of 1,500 pesos, others think that the buyers will never do business with Kino again and that he has destroyed himself in his brashness. The dealer declares that the pearl is a monstrosity and of little value except as an oddity. So they were stuck getting cheated by the resident pearl-buyers. The village greets their visitor with reverence despite his normal apathy towards them. Only two days after having found the pearl, Kino has suffered two robbery attempts and has been assaulted once. Kino finds a perfect, silvery pearl as big as a sea-gull egg and knows that he will now be very rich. The Beach Have you ever been in a situation where you had to watch someone you love suffering from their own bad decisions? The pearl divers stay on shore to witness the sale of Kino's pearl.
She has a voice but must acquiesce to her husband's decisions. There are several techniques of a basic nature used to suggest the fundamental quality of the family. Likewise, the pearl buyers have organized to get the pearls from the Indian divers at the lowest price. By this time the entire Indian village is aware of the situation, and everyone is thoroughly taken aback when Juana tells Kino to go for the doctor. He maintains that the pearl is too big — the pearl is a curiosity that no one will buy.
After Kino refuses the first offer, another man places a five hundred pesos bid on the pearl. The two men agree that Kino must be careful not to be cheated but since neither knows what is paid for the pearls outside La Paz they are unsure how to value the pearl. The animals that Steinbeck writes about could symbolize how animal instinct takes over with greed — the sting of the scorpion starts the whole thing. For Juana, the pearl represents a great evil and suffering, a sharp change from the sense of hope and freedom that it originally symbolized. Before she can throw it into the water he stops her. Kino is lying on the ground, bloody, with most of his clothes half-torn off him.
He tries to control his anger at such unfair treatment while knocking on the door. He describes the current pearl-dealing system, with all dealers operating under one buyer, but as though it existed in the past. Steinbeck provides descriptions of the village and of the town, both inside and outside the dwellings. Their reactions reveal a sense of animosity toward Kino, for the great plans for charity that these people suggest contrast with the seemingly self-interested ideas that Kino proposed in the previous chapter. This idea is bolstered by the story concerning the pearl agent in which punishment is inflicted upon those who attempt to secure a better station for themselves.
The pearl is the specific symbol of. Let us crush it between two stones. Juan Tomas comes in and is silent for a long time, before expressing fear for Kino now that has acted against the dealers and the whole system they represent. He was also awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in literature. When the priest gets there Kino hears some song about evil. Kino buries the pearl under the fire stone in his hut and is afraid of what he has done.
It is equally important to note that the novel opens at the dawn of a new day — a day that will bring, first, a disaster in the form of the scorpion and then, later in the day, the great discovery of the Pearl of the World. Kino's refusal is no small feat; as Juan Tomas declares, he has defied the structure of life around him. As Juana pulls herself up the beach towards Kino, she sees the pearl and takes possession of it. He refuses to treat Coyotito because his family is poor. Kino exclaims that the buyer is trying to cheat him, so the buyer calls on the other pearl agents to come in and estimate the pearl's value without hearing the first buyer's offer. Kino's neighbors are uncertain about his decision to sell the pearl elsewhere.