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by John Steinbeck

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How does her conversation with the stranger become meaningful for Elisa in "The Chrysanthemums"?

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Elisa is alone on a ranch in a California valley when a tinker drives up to her farm to sell her his services and goods.  Elisa is a bit put off by his forwardness and hesitates to converse with him, much less buy anything he has to sell.

The tinker is experienced in his profession and sets about to talk his way into a sale.  He is quick to note her working with the flowers and to realize these have value for her.  He gets her talking about the flowers and Elisa is sold.

The conversation becomes meaningful because no one has ever approached her about the flowers.  Her husband is much too busy running the ranch to notice.  There are...

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