In the little houses the tenant people sifted their belongings and the belongings of their fathers and of their grandfathers. Picked over their possessions for the journey to the west. The men were ruthless because the past had been spoiled, but the women knew how the past would cry to them in the coming days.
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Source Notes: The Grapes of Wrath (chapter 9) (1939). Steinbeck describes the plight of farmers forced to move from dust-bowl states like Oklahoma to the "promised land" of California.
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