15 “now the going was easy, and all the legs worked, and the shell boosted along.”
18 “he pulled at the visor of his cap and creased it…could never look new again.”
35 “driver’s hand could not twitch because the monster that built the tractor, the monster that sent the tractor out, had somehow got into the driver’s hands, into his brain and muscle, had goggled him and muzzled him—goggled his mind, muzzled his speech, goggled his perception, muzzled his protest.”
36 “raping methodically, raping without passion.”
36 “had no connection with the bread. The land bore under iron, and under iron gradually died; for it was not loved or hated, it had no prayers or curses.”
37 Owning property v. Property owning you
38 “Who can we shoot?…Maybe there’s nobody to shoot. Maybe the thing isn’t men at all. Maybe, like you said, the property’s doing it…And the driver was goggled and a rubber mask covered his nose and mouth.”
38 “fellow was telling me the bank gets orders from the East.”
48 “And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”
51 “fella gets use’ to a place, it’s hard to go, said casey. Fella gets use’ to a way a thinkin’, it’s hard to leave.”
55 “But when a bunch of men take an’ lock you up four years, it ought to have some meaning. Men is supposed to think things out. Here they put me in, an’ keep me an’ feed me for years. That ought to either make me so I won’t do her again or else punish me so I’ll be afraid to do her again, but if Herb or anybody else come for me, I’d do her again. Do her before I could figure her out.”
55 “you won’t have no respect for the guys that work the gover’ments.”
61 “Salesmen, neat, deadly, small intent eyes watching for weakness.”
61 “this ain’t gonna last forever”
62 “People are nice, mostly.”
62 “Flags, red and white, white and blue—all along the curb. Used Cars. Good Used Cars.”
63 “Brake rods, exhausts, piled like snakes”
Tom – 7 “clothes were new…cheap and new. Gray cap… visoir was still stiff…suit was of cheap gray hardcloth…blue chambray shirt was stiff and smooth with filler…coat was too big, the trousers too short, for he was a tall man…new tan shoes…put on the cap, and by pulling started the future ruin of the visor.”
Casey – 19 “long head, bony, tight of skin…eyeballs were heavy and protruding…lids were raw and red…cheeks were brown and shiny and hairless and his mouth full…nose, beaked and hard…no perspiration…on the tall pale forhead…abnormally high forhead, lined with delicate blue veins at the temples. Fully half of the face was above the eyes. His stiff gray hair…overalls and a blue shirt… and a spotted brown hat creased like a pork pie lay on the ground beside him.”
Ma – 74 ‘She wore a loose Mother Hubbard of gray cloth in which there had once been colored flowers, but the color was washed out now, so that the small flowered pattern was only a liggle lighter gray than the background…thin, steel-gray hair….strong, freckled arms…hands were chubby and delicate…full face was not soft; it was controlled, kindly. Her Hazel eyes…high calm and a superhuman understanding…citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken…imperturbability could be depended upon…healer…arbiter…if she swayed the family shook…the family will to function would be gone.”
Grampa – 77 “lean, ragged, quick old man…unbuttoned…bright eyes as evil as a frantic child’s eyes…lecherous…vicious and cruel and impatient, like a frantic child…”
Granma – 78 “as mean as her husband…shrill ferocious religiosity that was as lecherous and as savage”
Noah – 78 “wondering look on his face…never been angry…moved slowly, spoke seldom, and so slowly…little pride, no sexual urges…worked and slept in a curious rhythm…fond of his folks, but never showed it…left the impression of being missapen.”
Footnote: Pa thinks it’s his fault because he had pulled the baby out with his own hands…was ashamed… “listlessness in him toward things people wanted and needed”… hollow man.
81 “how we was holy when we was one thing, and mankin’ was holy when it was one thing. An’ it only got unholy when one miserable little fella got the bit in his teeth and run off his own way, kicking and dragging and fighting. Fella like that bust the holiness. But when they’re all workin’ together, not one fella for another fella, but one fella kind of harnessed to the whole shebang—that’s right, that’s holy. And then I got thinking I don’t even know what I mean by holy.”
87 “there’s a premium goes with this pile of junk and the bay horses—so beautiful—a packet of bitterness to grow in your house and to flower, some day…maybe we can start again…but you can’t start. Only a baby can start…”
88 “how can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past? No. Leave it. Burn it.”
91 Tom – “Can’t go thinking when you’re gonna be out. You’d go nuts. You got to think about that day, and then the next day, about the ball game Saturday… just take every day”
Ruthie + Winfield—95 “Whereas Ruthie felt the might, the responsibility, and the dignity of her developing breasts, Winfield was kid-wild and calfish…”
Rose of Sharon 95 “pregnant and careful. Hair, braided…made an ash-blond crown…round soft face…voluptuous…slef-sufficient smile…full soft breasts and somach, hard hips…her whole body had become demure and serious.”
99 “The film of evening light made the red earth lucent, so that its dimensions were deepened, so that a stone, a post, a building had greater depth and more solidity than in the daytime light; and these objects were curiously more individual—a post was more essentially a post, set off from the earth it stood in and the field of corn it stood out against. And plants were individuals, not the mass of crop; and the ragged willow tree was itself, standing free of all other willow tree.s The earth contributed a light to the evening. The front of the gray, paintless house, facing the west, was luminous as the moon is. The gray dusy truck, in the yard before the door, stood out magically in this light, in the overdrawn perspective of a stereopticon”
115 “He is all these, but he is much more, much more; and the land is so much more than its analysis.”
116 “houses were vacant, and a vacant house falls quickly apart.”
119 “path of a people in flight”
121 “that’s what business is”
123 Al “had become the soul of the car”
124 “Aint you thinking what its gonna be like when we get there… No she said quickly No I aint. You cant do that. I can’t do that…but when it comes, it’ll only be one”
127 “I just don’t know what the country’s comin’ to.”
128 “the brave yellow paint that had tried to imitate the big company stations in town. But the paint couldn’t cover the old nail holes and the old cracks in the lumber, and the paint could not be renewed. The imitation was a failure and the owner had known it was a failure.”
129 “something worsen the devil got hold a the country.”
134 “Maybe they got crimes in California we don’t even know about.”
135 “everybody says words different”
139 “there’s no beholden in a time of dying”
140 “sometimes the law can’t be foller’d no way…not in decency, anyways”
140 “government’s got more interest in a dead man than a live one.”
141 “people needs—to help.”
141 “anyone can break down. It takes a man not to.”
150 – results not causes
150 – “Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back…for every little beaten strike is proof that the step is being taken.”
151 “I am alone and I am bewildered…here is the node, you who hate change and fear revolution. Keep these two squatting men apart…this is the zygote. For here I lost my land is we lost our land…this is the beginning—from I to we…for the quality of owning freezes you forever into I, and cuts you off forever from the we.”
Chapter 15 Nickle a Piece Candy
169 Ma “The money we’d make wouldn’t do no good…All we got is the family unbroke”
187 “we all got to make a livin…yea only I wisht they was some way to make her thought takin her away from somebody else”
195 “a man with food fed a hungry man, and thus insured himself against hunger.”
207 “if he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs ‘cause he feels awsful poor inside hisself, and if he’s poor in hisself, there ain’t no million acres gonna make him feel rich, an’ maybe he’s disappointed that nothin’ he can do’ll make him feel rich—not rich like mis’ Wilson was when she give her tent when Grampa died.”
221 “Okies got no sense and no feeling> they ain’t human…they don’[t know any better than what they got. Why worry?…that’s cause you know better. They don’t know any better”
224 “ Im sure nobody got a right to mess with a fella’s life. He got to do it all hisself. Help him, maybe, but not tell him what to do.”
225 “ A fella builds his own sins right up from the groun.”
227 “in the morning glow, and the sun came up behind them, and then—suddenly they saw the great valley below them…vineyards, the orchards, the great flat valley, green and beautiful, the trees set in rows, and the farm houses…morning sun, golden on the valley.”
Look through margin notes for 250 onwards…
261 “Well, sems to me a lone fella got more chance of work.” Contrast to family
Joad meets truck driver, talks about McAlester.
Meets Casey in the shade of a tree, walk to the broken house
Meet Muley, camp out, set off for Uncle John
Meet Pa + family
Muley comes back and says to tell his folks he’s coming though he’s not
Grampa refuses to leave, gets drugged.
Get gas at the failed imitation station.
Dog dodges helplessly and gets run over by a big car.
Meet the Wilsons (sairy + ) + Grampa sick, dies of stroke in wilson’s tent + Joads fix Wilson’s car and decide to travel together.
Con-rod bearing busts and Ma picks up the jack handle and makes her stand against the family breaking up. One eyed man (specter of a man) + they get the part + fix the car + stay at the place that costs ‘four bits’. At this place they learn that perhaps they won’t get good wages from someone who is going back east.
Border patrol in Arizona
Crossing the desert of California
Noah stays at the river.
Jehovites keep saying Granma gonna join her Jesus Ma kicks them out.
policeman comes into tent says who’s in here, calls okies.
Begin to cross desert
Granma dies + agricultural inspection + they get through.
Get to California
Leave granma body in coroners office + Hooverville
Knowles demands written contract from the contractor, arrested, Tom trips deputy + Casey takes blame
John drunk + Connie runs
Weedpatch camp (government camp) + Tom gets work + warning of riot at Saturday party + Sandry warns Roseasharn against dancing and all that crap + camp committee
Riot avoided at the dance
Have to leave camp b/c of money + flat tire + pick peaches + Meet Casey + strikers + Casey dies + Tom kills + Tom gets hit + go to cotton + Ruthie fight/tells + Rain + Damn fails b/c tree + rosasharon milk