"The Crysanthemums" is a short story by John Steinbeck about Elisa Allen, living in Salinas Valley, California, and her interaction with a traveler. Before heading into town with her husband, Elisa is confronted by a traveling man looking for work. As she works in the garden, he begins to speak of her flowers and she is charmed, offering him some work and giving him Chrysanthemum cuttings. Later, on the way to town she finds the cuttings thrown away and is heartbroken. The story presents themes of alienation, beauty and disappointment.

Summary of The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

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