Relationships are a recurring idea in the book ,and with the number of characters in the book, there are numerous relationships that can be examined. One of the most notable factors is the relationship between the natives and the white settlers. The whites looked down on the natives, viewing them as inferior. This is evident in Tom Venn's treatment of the workers in the cannery. Instead of hiring local natives for the jobs, they bought in Chinese from San Francisco. They were made to live in deplorable conditions.