The Pearl Author:John Steinbeck It was a hard and dangerous trade. Day after day, a man went out in his boat, weighted himself around the waist with a big rock, and went down to the bottom of the sea, where the pearls were hidden. — It was a trade which allowed a man only a few short years. — So the young diver, Kino, knew that if he was ever to give his wife and child the cloth... more »es, the food, the house he wanted for them he must find a big pearl- truly a giant pearl. And he must find it soon.