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What is Casy's reaction to the story of the man with a million acres?

 

bj h #263207
Aug 26, 2012 11:11 PM

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What is Casy's reaction to the story of the man with a million acres?

Chapter Eighteen.

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jill d #170087
Aug 27, 2012 7:19 AM

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astonishment....... he also has a great take on why people say the man is afraid to die. Below you will find an excerpt;


"Casy looked up quickly, "Million acres? What in the worl' can he do with a million acres?"
"I dunno. He jus' got it. Runs a few cattle. Got guards ever'place to keep folks out. Rides aroun' in a bullet-proof car. I seen pitchers of him. Fat, sof' fella with little mean eyes an' a mouth like a ass-hole. Scairt he's gonna die. Got a million acres an' scairt of dyin'."
Casy demanded, "What in hell can he do with a million acres? What's he want a million acres for?"
The man took his whitening, puckering hands out of the water and spread them, and he tightened his lower lip and bent his head down to one shoulder. "I dunno," he said. "Guess he's crazy. Mus' be crazy. Seen a pitcher of him. He looks crazy. Crazy an' mean."
"Say he's scairt to die?" Casy asked.
"That's what I heard."
"Scairt God'll get him?"
"I dunno. Jus' scairt."
"What's he care?" Pa said. "Don't seem like he's havin' no fun."
"Grampa wasn't scairt," Tom said. "When Grampa was havin' the most fun, he comes clostest to gettin' kil't. Time Grampa an' another fella whanged into a bunch a
Navajo in the night. They was havin' the time a their life, an' same time you wouldn' give a gopher for their chance."
Casy said, "Seems like that's the way. Fella havin' fun, he don't give a damn; but a fella mean an' lonely an' old an' disappointed—he's scared of dyin'!"

Source(s): The Grapes of Wrath/ Page 140

 

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