Juana, one of the major characters in The Pearl, is the wife of Kino who appear always with her husband along the story. She is more educated, religious, and practically than Kino. We can see that she was religious when her son, coyotito, was stung by scorpion. At that time, she kept silent than used her emotion to kill the scorpion. She made a prayer and give her son’s destiny to the god although Kino want to save his son by killing the scorpion, at the result, gave bad impact for Coyotito. Furthermore, she was also more educated than kino by being the first person who realized to call a doctor for her son, in the meantime, Kino didn’t know what he had to do.
It can be seen at following Quotation.
Kino had wondered often at the iron in his patient, fragile wife. She, who was obedient and respectful and cheerful and patient, could bear physical pain with hardly a cry. She could stand fatigue and hunger almost better than Kino himself. In the canoe she was like a strong man. And now she did a most surprising thing.
“The doctor,” she said. “Go to get the doctor.”
The word was passed out among the neighbors where they stood close-packed in the little yard behind the brush fence. And they repeated among themselves, “Juana wants the doctor.” (chapter 1).
Practically, Juana is also more knowledgeable than Kino who just know how to fishing and taking pearl. At the beac Juana has the precence of mind to salve Coyotito’s wound with a seaweed poultice. Juana shows her initiative without mocking her husband. “He was quiet now, but the swelling on his shoulder had continued up his neck and under his ear and his face was puffed and feverish. Juana went to the water and waded in. She gathered some brown seaweed and made a flat damp poultice of it, and this she applied to the baby’s swollen shoulder, which was as good a remedy as any and probably better than the doctor could have done.” (Chapter 1).
As a woman and wife, she also has a strong feeling against the bad influence of the pearl to her husband. She ask Kino to through away the pearl, cause she believes it will bring misery to them.
“This thing is evil,” she cried harshly. “This pearl is like a sin! It will destroy us,” and her voice rose shrilly. “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.”(Chapter 2).
However, we can call Juana as obidien wife as well. When she protest something to her husband, eventually, she will obey it if her husband can give reasonable argument.
“Hush,” said Kino. “Do not speak any more. In the morning we will sell the pearl, and then the evil will be gone, and only the good remain. Now hush, my wife.”(chapter 2).