The Grapes of Wrath:Chapter2
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Skinner (truck drivers) often composed poetry to pass the time.
"I've knew guys that done screwy things while they're drivin' trucks. I remember a guy use' to make up poetry. It passed the time."
Joad doesn't seem to be affected by anything the driver says. In fact, the more he tries to draw Tom into conversation, the lass he reacts.
The Grapes of Wrath