Why did Juana want Kino to throw the pearl away? Can you guys describe fully what had happened to cause Juana to feel so fearful? In Steinbeck's rendition of "The Pearl."

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In chapter 3, the doctor finally visits Kino and Juana under the pretense of helping their son, Coyotito. After the doctor leaves and the family retires for the night, Kino hears an intruder enter his hut and begin searching for the Pearl of the World. Kino silently grabs his knife and leaps at the intruder, stabbing into the darkness in hopes of wounding the man. During the exchange, Kino is struck in the head and the intruder manages to escape. Following the attack, Kino's head is bleeding and Juana tends to his wounds. Juana then tells her husband,

This thing is evil . . . 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. (Steinbeck, 20)

Juana realizes that the pearl has caused evil to enter their lives. Before Kino discovered the Pearl of the World, their family was content, comfortable, and safe. By...

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