When Juana lifted the seaweed poultice from the baby’s scorpion bite, what did she find?    

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Kino and Juana seem to experience at least a momentary run of very good luck—first when Kino finds a large pearl as "perfect as the moon," and then when Juana removes the seaweed poultice she had made for her son's shoulder (where he was stung by a scorpion) to find that the swelling has gone down and the poison appears to be "receding from his body." Because they could not afford the services of the medical doctor in town, the couple has resorted to the folk remedy, which is "as good a remedy as any and probably better than the doctor could have done," in addition to trying to suck the poison out of the boy's skin before it infiltrates too far into his tissue. The poultice, as a remedy, "lacked authority" because the doctor has not suggested or applied it himself, but it appears to have worked for Coyotito.

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In Steinbeck's The Pearl, Juana employs the age-old technique of applying a poultice made of seaweed to baby Coyotito's swollen shoulder. As Steinbeck notes, it is as good a remedy as any other and is one that Juana and Kino can afford on their meager budget. Lifting the blanket from Coyotito's shoulder, his mother discovers what seems to be an account of the nearly magical properties of the newly discovered pearl. Jauna had attempted to suck to poison from her son's shoulder and before applying the poultice was dismayed to see the shoulder was still swollen. Kino and Juana feared a medical doctor would be needed to save their son.

Almost immediately after Kino's discovery of the pearl, Juana lifts the blanket from her son's shoulder and discovers that the swelling was going down in Coyotito's shoulder and it appeared the poison was also leaving his body. It is in that moment that relief floods over both parents.

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