By John Steinbeck
A STANDOUT within the Steinbeck canon, Cup of Gold is edgy and adventurous, brash and distrustful of society, and certain so as to add a brand new size to the typical notion of this all-American author. Steinbeck?s first novel and sole paintings of ancient fiction comprises subject matters that resonate in the course of the author?s prodigious physique of work.
From the mid-1650s during the 1660s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of mythical viciousness, governed the Spanish major. He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and the United States, outstanding terror at any place he went. And he had riding goals: to own the attractive girl known as l. a. Santa Roja, and to beat Panama, the "cup of gold."
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Papí gathered all of us that third night and said, “Don’t go outside. ” We huddled together around the fire all evening, Alicia and Lidia under my arms, all of us peering into the fire. “Let’s tell stories of Mamí,” I said.
The night before the celebration, Antonio and Julia made decorations with flowers and corn husks. I washed and tried on the colorful huipil I had woven specially for the day. Julia began following me around and braided my hair whenever I stopped moving for even a few seconds. Little Alicia insisted on helping. I knew that the next morning it would be Mamí who braided my hair before the ceremony. I spent much of that last evening helping Mamí cook up fresh tortillas. I also helped her kill six chickens and make chicken soup.
If you didn’t respect them and hold tightly to their branches, you could fall and be hurt. But Mamí knew I respected trees. ” I was too young then to know how dangerous it would be to lose hold of my dreams. But I do remember well one day when I was fourteen, the day everyone in our Guatemalan cantón began calling me Tree Girl, or Laj Ali Re Jayub in my native language, Quiché. Even the boys who had called me Goat Face because I was not very beautiful, even they began calling me Tree Girl. It began innocently enough.