Elisa Takes On Herself

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Elisa Takes On Herself


"The Chrysanthemums" is a short story in The Long Valley, a collection

of short stories by

John Steinbeck. This story dramatizes the efforts made by a housewife, Elisa

Allen, to compensate for

the disappointments which she has encountered in her life. Steinbeck makes

it clear that Elisa yearns for

something more in her life then the everyday routines of farm life. While

Elisa is portrayed as strong, in

the end, her strength serves to be insufficient in having the courage to

effect any real change in her life

since her fragile self-esteem proves to be too susceptible to outside forces.

From the beginning of the short story, Steinbeck emphasizes that Elisa is

a strong, competent

woman who finds her considerable energy channeled into things, such as her

garden, which never give

her the sort of recognition or satisfaction that she craves. For a brief

moment, she senses that she is

capable of much more and feels her own strength only to, once again, have a

man bring down her

efforts, and her self-esteem.

The story opens with Elisa working in her garden. Steinbeck makes a

point of telling the

reader that she is thirty-five. Her age at once implies a woman almost at

her middle-age who may be

reexamining the dreams of her youth as she contemplates the second half of

her life. Steinbeck

emphasizes Elisa's strength as he writes, "Her face was eager and mature and

handsome" (Steinbeck

279). Her husband, Henry, comes back to the house having just completed the

sell of some cattle. He

is complimentary towards her gardening and comments on her talent. He

suggests that she put her

talent to work in the orchard growing apples, and Elisa considers his offhand

comment seriously,

"Maybe I could do it, too" (280).

Steinbeck has set the stage. Elisa clearly is feeling good about herself

and her

accomplishments in the garden when an itinerate tinker pulls up in his wagon

asking directions. The

tinker has gotten off the main road and is looking for work. He repairs pots

and pans and sharpens

kitchen utensils. At first Elisa is aloof and says she has no work for him,

but warms to the man when he

admires her garden. He mentions that a customer of his wanted to grow

chrysanthemums and asked

him to bring her seeds if he ever got the chance. Elisa is thrilled to have

someone who has shown an

interest in her expertise. She informs the tinker that chrysanthemums are

best grown from seedlings,

after which she arranges some seedlings in a pot of sand for him to take to

his customer.

This changes Elisa whole orientation toward the tinker. She finds him

some of her pots which

need repair and engages him in conversation as she digs up the seedlings. At

this point, Steinbeck's

narrative takes on sexual overtones as Elisa describes her feelings when she

prunes the chrysanthemum

buds with sure, quick fingers. "They never make a mistake. They're with

the plant. Do you see? Your

fingers and the plant. You can feel that, right up your arm" (283-284).

It is clear in this passage that Elisa is identifying heavily with the

tinker and that she images

that they share the same feelings toward their individual realms of

expertise. The tinker starts to

comment on what she has just described, but Elisa cuts him off. She is so

certain of what he was going

to say, she feels that she can finish the sentence for him. She describes

his solitary life living in a wagon

in a very fantasized, romantic way that, here again, has sexual overtones.

"Every pointed star gets

driven into your body. It's like that. Hot and sharp and-lovely" (284).

Kneeling there beside the tinker

in the dirt, Elisa almost reaches out to touch him, but then decides against

it. Steinbeck writes that she

was crouched like a "fawning dog" (284).

This is a very telling line in regards to the characterization of Elisa,

especially since the reader

has not seen a great deal of her relationship with her husband, and what we

have seen has been

remarkably civil, if passionless. Elisa obviously yearns to connect with

someone who can appreciate

where she comes from in an aesthetic sense. She romanticizes the life of the

tinker who earns his trade

based solely on his own talents and images that she would love being able to

earn a living based on her

own skills. For a moment, she feels an intimate connection with the tinker

while she images that they

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