out the track. Do youstill have the pearl?" "I have it said Kino. The waving branches of the algae called to it and beckonedto. ThenKino's fist closed over the pearl and his emotion broke over him. He lookeddown in wonder at his split knuckles and at the blood that flowed downbetween his fingers. For a long moment Kino looked out into thedarkness and then he stepped outside. It sensed dangerwhen Kino was almost within reach. He said, "Sometimes, my friend, the scorpion sting has a curiouseffect. And he wondered whether he had baptized Kino's baby, or married him for that matter.
It bubbled out into a pool and then fell ahundred feet to another pool, and this one, overflowing, droppedagain, so that it continued, down and down, until it came to therubble of the upland, and there it disappeared altogether. And Kino's own music was in his head, the music of the enemy, low and pulsing, nearly asleep. At last he handed the baby back to Juana, and he turned to Kino."I think the poison will attack within the hour he said. But nearlyalways it gushed out, cold and clean and lovely.
He picked the pearlfrom the dying flesh and held it in his palm, and he turned it overand saw that its curve was perfect. "Then we will go to him Juana said, and with one hand she arrangedher dark blue shawl over her head and made of one end of it a sling tohold the moaning baby and made of the other end of it a shade over hiseyes. "I will fight this thing. And, since early Mass was over and business was slow, daVinci and Machiavelli they followed the procession, these endless searchers after perfectknowledge of their fellow men, to see what the fat lazy doctor woulddo about an indigent baby with a scorpion bite. And this Kino knew also-that the gods do not love men's plans, and the gods do not lovesuccess unless it comes by accident. And Juana sat in the cave entrance andwatched him. But Coyotito- he was the one- hewore a blue sailor suit from the United States and a little yachtingcap such as Kino had seen once when a pleasure boat put into theestuary. And Juan Tomas stood beside him andsnorted a little at the understatement. In this Gulf of uncertain light there were moreillusions than realities.
Letus throw the pearl back into the sea."Hush he said fiercely. What are you doing?" heasked, as Kino thrust the pearl out of sight.