Elisa Takes On Herself "The Chrysanthemums" is a short story in The Long Valley, a gathering of short stories by John Steinbeck. This story sensationalizes the exertions made by a housewife, Elisa Allen, to adjust for the frustrations which she has experienced in her life. Steinbeck makes it clear that Elisa longs for something all the more in her life then the regular schedules of ranch life. While Elisa is depicted as solid, in the end, her quality serves to be lacking in having the bravery to impact any genuine change in her life since her delicate respect toward oneself ends up being so defenseless there is no option outside strengths. From the earliest starting point of the short story, Steinbeck stresses that Elisa is a solid, capable lady who discovers her significant vitality directed into things, for example, her arrangement, which never give her the kind of distinguishment or fulfillment that she pines for. For a short minute, she faculties that she is equipped for considerably more and feels her own particular quality just to, at the end of the day, have a man cut down her deliberations, and her respect toward oneself. The story opens with Elisa working in her arrangement. Steinbeck makes a state of tellingthe peruser that she is thirty-five. Her age without a moment's delay intimates a lady very nearly at her center age who may be rethinking the fantasies of her childhood as she examines the second 50% of her life.