In the story “The Chrysanthemums,” by John Steinbeck, Elisa Allen is caught off guard while working in the garden on the Allen ranch, by a tinker, in a wagon with a misspelled advertisement on the side in black paint. The tinker manages to gain Elisa’s trust by pretending to care about the Chrysanthemum’s in the ranch’s garden and then gets Elisa to find pans to pay for the fixing of. The tinker drives away and Elisa goes to get ready for a celebration dinner with Henry Allen, and a movie. At the beginning of the story, Elisa’s husband made a great sale of steer and wanted to take Mrs. Allen out for dinner and a movie. After the Mr. and Mrs. had gotten ready for the date, the old car is brought around front by Henry and Elisa gets in. Awhile up the road, Elisa sees that the chrysanthemums that had been given to the tinker earlier in a brand new vase. The vase was not seen from the passenger side of the car, but the chrysanthemums Elisa had given the tinker for the old woman up the street, had been discarded as an afterthought by the tinker. It was then that Mrs. Allen requested wine with dinner, and Mr. Allen agreed. Both husband and wife were silent while Elisa’s coat shielded the tears.
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