The Chrysanthemums | Study Guide

John Steinbeck

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The Chrysanthemums | Characters

Character Description
Elisa Allen Elisa Allen is a 35-year-old woman who lives on a farm in Salinas Valley with her husband. She is childless and takes pride in her gardening but feels unfulfilled and isolated. Read More
Tinker The tinker is a rough-looking man in a crumpled black suit who is a bit of a con man and stops his caravan at Elisa's house to offer to sharpen her knives and tools or repair her metal pots. Read More
Henry Allen Henry Allen is a beef farmer who lives in Salinas Valley with his wife. He is a kind husband but doesn't understand why his wife lashes out at him when she is suffering through her feelings of frustration and despair. Read More
Scotty Scotty is the ranch helper on Henry's ranch in Salinas Valley.
Two men The two men are from Western Meat Company and do business with Henry to buy his beef steer.
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