What two people felt the pearl was evil?
Kino’s wife Juana and his brother Juan Tomás felt that the pearl was evil.
Kino felt that all of his troubles were over when he found the Pearl of the World. It was huge. It would be worth a lot of money, and would pay for his baby’s medical care, as well as schooling, a church wedding, and any material possessions the family would ever need. However, there were disadvantages of the pearl. The main disadvantage is that it made people jealous.
Juana had her doubts about the pearl. Especially the longer Kino had it and people tried to take it from him, Kino’s wife began to feel that the pearl was evil and he should get rid of it. It was not worth the trouble it was causing and the danger it was putting them in.
" This pearl is like a sin! It will destroy us," and her voice rose shrilly. "Throw it away, Kino. Let us break it between stones. Let us bury it and forget the place. Let us throw it back into the sea. It has brought evil. Kino, my husband, it will destroy us." (Ch. 3)
Juan Tomas warns Kino that the pearl buyers are not to be trusted. He tells his brother that they are collaborating against the pearl sellers, and that there is no way that Kino can know how much his pearl is worth. Therefore, he should be careful. After Kino is attacked, he is even more afraid for Kino.
"It is the pearl," said Juan Tomás. "There is a devil in this pearl. You should have sold it and passed on the devil. Perhaps you can still sell it and buy peace for yourself." (Ch. 5)
Kino eventually agrees with both of them. Finding the pearl was the best and worst thing that ever happened to him. He got to dream for awhile, but he lost almost everything. His baby would never have been shot.