"The Chrysanthemums" is a short story by John Steinbeck that was first published in 1937. Explore a plot summary, an in-depth analysis of Elisa Allen, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in "The Chrysanthemums" and in-depth analyses of Elisa Allen, the tinker, and Henry Allen.

Literary Devices

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Deeper Study

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