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Timeline of Events

  • One morning, mid-1900s

    A scorpion stings Coyotito, and his parents Juana and Kino take him to the doctor.

    Chapter 1
  • Shortly thereafter

    The doctor refuses to treat Coyotito because his parents cannot pay.

    Chapter 1
  • Midday

    After Juana prays, Kino finds a pearl to pay the doctor, the Pearl of the World.

    Chapter 2
  • At the same time

    Coyotito seems to have recovered from the scorpion sting.

    Chapter 2
  • Immediately thereafter

    News of Kino's pearl travels through the town, arousing desire and greed in the townspeople.

    Chapter 3
  • That afternoon

    Kino says the pearl will free them all by allowing Coyotito to become educated and literate.

    Chapter 3
  • That evening

    The doctor comes to Kino's house and treats Coyotito. Kino is suspicious the treatment is a sham.

    Chapter 3
  • That night

    Kino buries the pearl. He awakens to fight off a would-be robber with his knife.

    Chapter 3
  • Toward dawn

    Juana begs Kino to throw away the evil pearl, but he refuses, saying the pearl is their only chance.

    Chapter 3
  • The next morning

    Kino says he will sell his pearl in the capital after the local buyers attempt to cheat him.

    Chapter 4
  • That night

    Kino is injured fighting off another intruder. He refuses Juana's plea to get rid of the pearl.

    Chapter 4
  • Before dawn

    Kino assaults Juana to stop her from throwing the pearl into the sea.

    Chapter 5
  • Immediately thereafter

    Kino kills a man who attacks him on the beach. His house and canoe are destroyed.

    Chapter 5
  • That day

    Juan Tomás protects Kino and Juana by hiding them in his house until nightfall.

    Chapter 5
  • At nightfall

    Kino and Juana set out on foot for Loreto in the north, where they hope to be safe.

    Chapter 6
  • The next day

    Hiding by the side of the road, Kino realizes three men are tracking him and intend to kill him.

    Chapter 6
  • That afternoon

    Kino and Juana enter the mountains and hide in a shallow cave by a spring.

    Chapter 6
  • Dusk, the same day

    The three trackers arrive at the spring near where Kino and Juana are hiding.

    Chapter 6
  • Moonrise, that night

    Hearing Coyotito's crying, a tracker shoots him dead. Kino kills the trackers and takes their gun.

    Chapter 6
  • The next afternoon

    Kino and Juana return to La Paz with Coyotito's body. Kino flings the pearl into the sea.

    Chapter 6

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Prologue Addressing the reader in the present tense, the narrator describes how "in the town they tell the story of the great pea... Read More
Chapter 1 The Pearl takes place in a community of fishermen in the town of La Paz in the southern part of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.... Read More
Chapter 2 The chapter begins with the narrator's description of the gulf and its surroundings, where Kino and Juana live, as a pla... Read More
Chapter 3 The narrator describes a town as an organism, "like a colonial animal" with "a nervous system and a head and shoulders a... Read More
Chapter 4 Because of the unusual nature of Kino's find, the whole town waits to see how Kino and Juana will be changed by it. They... Read More
Chapter 5 That night, Kino wakes up just as Juana has dug up the pearl and is taking it out to the beach to throw it away. Full of... Read More
Chapter 6 Kino and Juana walk through the windy night north toward Loreto, "where the miraculous Virgin has her station." Juana fo... Read More
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