Characters Reactions to Situations Essay
In John Steinbeck’s, "The Chrysanthemums" we find husband and wife Henry and Elisa Allen as the main characters. Henry and Elisa live a peaceful stationary life on their …show more content…
Elisa comes across a handyman who passes by her farm asking her if he can get some work sharpening knives and scissors as well as mending pots and pans. Elisa covered in her gardening attire, tried to make this man go away with no luck. He was insistent on getting some work and she was even more so on him getting back in his vehicle and leaving.
The handyman then started to talk to Elisa about her Chrysanthemums with great interest and excitement. He asks Elisa if he can take some seeds of hers to another lady who in the past had asked for some. Elisa, like a flower, opened to the warmth this man was showing in her Chrysanthemums. She explains to him that this woman must not know much about growing Chrysanthemums because using seeds is the hardest way to grow them. She offers to give him a pot with a few little sprouts in some wet sand so he can then carry them to his friend. The reader can see the excitement Elisa feels and how she is like a blossoming Chrysanthemum in these sentences: “Beautiful,” she said. “Oh, beautiful.” Her eyes shone. She tore off the battered hat and shook out her dark