Kino’s house is described as made of brush. He, Juana, and Coyotito live a simple life with few material possessions. When he finds the pearl, there are limited places in which to hide it, but he manages to find several spots, burying it in the dirt floor. When he makes his find known, especially when he refuses to sell it to the local pearl dealers, he has set himself up for the probable theft of the pearl. The doctor, the pearl merchants, even the priest, know he has it, and their greed makes it likely that they will try to steal it, which someone tries to do. Kino has killed one person who has attacked him in order to steal the pearl. Juana attempts to throw the pearl away, fearing that it has brought evil into their home. When they are absent, someone has set fire to their hut. The neighbors fear that they family has been burned to death, but they are in hiding in Juan Thomas’s house.