To what does Kino compare the capital?

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In Chapter Four of The Pearl, we learn that Kino is terrified of going to the capital, which he regards as a "monster of strangeness." However, he has not received a fair price from the pearl buyers in his town, and he sees little choice but to try to seek a better deal in the capital. Why he thinks the dealers there will be any more fair is not clear, though it is obvious that the buyers in his town are in collusion to cheat the impoverished divers. He seems to believe the buyers in the capital will be more scrupulous. But in any case, he views a trip to the capital as his only chance to achieve the future he thinks the pearl will bring for him and his family. But he is afraid, of the capital itself, and, perhaps, of what that future holds.