The sun is not shining, and fog covers the valley. Her apron covers her dress, and gloves cover her hands. As she works away at her chrysanthemums, she steals occasional glances at the strange men. Her house, which stands nearby, is very clean. The strangers get into their Ford coupe and leave. Elisa looks down at the stems of her flowers, which she has kept entirely free of pests.
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Eventually, her husband Henry approaches. He praises her gardening skills, nonchalantly musing that Elisa could do wonders in their apple orchard, but dismisses the idea as soon as she shows enthusiasm. He tells her about the cattle deal, and suggests they go into town that night for dinner and a movie to celebrate. She agrees. Elisa continues to garden as Henry rides away to finish his work. Elisa and the tinker begin bantering, as he angles for work. Although Elisa refuses, insisting she has no scissors that need sharpening and no pots to mend, the tinker lingers, continuing their conversation.
Elisa prepares the sprouts, and gives the tinker instructions to pass along to the woman on how to plant them. In response, the tinker again references his lack of work, and his hunger, and Elisa, ashamed, finds a few pots for him to mend.
He does so. She pays him for the pots, and he prepares to go. She remarks that she could do his work, but he repeats that his life would be inappropriate for her. She watches him drive away, whispering to herself. Elisa returns to her house, removes all of her clothes and bathes.
She slowly gets dressed, taking her time to put on her nicest, prettiest clothes and carefully style her hair and do her make up. Henry returns, and Elisa waits while he bathes and gets dressed. He tells her she looks nice, but when she presses him about what he means, he seems confused and repeats that she looks nice, and different. She remarks that she feels strong. They drive to town together, and Elisa notices a dark speck on the road in the distance.
Elisa asks Henry about the boxing fights in town, then asks if they can get wine with dinner. He agrees.
“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck
The following paper is just an example written by one of our staff writers. If you need an original summary of The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck feel free to place your order. John Steinbeck awakens us to an interesting account of The Chrysanthemums, a story set in Salinas, California. The Chrysanthemums, by the use of three primary characters, Henry Allen, his wife Elisa Allen and the Tinker allow the readers to follow-up on a fascinating family life set inside a cool and productive neighborhood. The paper will examine the theme, and related elements like the plot, setting, point-of-view and symbols related to the main characters Henry Allen, Elisa and the Tinker.
A Potential for Equality Humans, just as flowers, cannot fully live without sunlight. They cannot develop without nourishment, and most of all they cannot flourish if not carefully tended to. Both the setting and overall mood of the characters, support the comparison of Emily to her Chrysanthemums. Her husband appears to be everything a woman needs. He provides for her and treats her with a facade of respect.