The Chrysanthemums


John Steinbeck

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The Chrysanthemums Characters

Elisa Allen

The protagonist of “The Chrysanthemums,” Elisa is a farmer’s wife living in California’s Salinas Valley in the 1930’s. When first introduced, Elisa is depicted as a strong and capable woman of thirty-five, hard at work… read analysis of Elisa Allen

Henry Allen

The husband of Elisa Allen, Henry is a farmer living in the Salinas Valley of California during the 1930’s. Henry provides Elisa with a comfortable life (his farming business seems to do well, as… read analysis of Henry Allen

The Tinker

A traveling repairman who journeys the west coast from Seattle to San Diego and back each year in a covered wagon, mending household items, such as saucepans and scissors, and chasing the pleasant weather… read analysis of The Tinker