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  1. Mar 2017
    1. Well, hell. Why not? I'm jus' balancin' the crooked scales.

      Again, this is without any evidence of questioning the ethics of this practice.

    2. Sack's full now. Take her to the scales. Argue. Scale man says you got rocks to make weight. How 'bout him? His scales is fixed. Sometimes he's right, you got rocks in the sack. Sometimes you're right, the scales is crooked. Sometimes both; rocks an' crooked scales. Always argue, always fight. Keeps your head up. An' his head up. What's a few rocks? Jus' one, maybe. Quarter pound? Always argue.

      The migrant workers do not see this as dishonesty, because the landowners are initiating the crooked weights.

    1. Who dares to say it's bad?

      This whole section is an argument that one shouldn't assign blame because it falls equally on all.

  2. Feb 2017
    1. An' that's it—they wanta jus' fling their goddamn muscles aroun' an' get tired. Christ! What'm I talkin' about?"

      Casy continues this objective viewpoint by processing the migrants without a purpose in itself.

    2. Casy turned his head on the stalk-like neck. "Listen all the time. That's why I been thinkin'. Listen to people a-talkin', an' purty soon I hear the way folks are feelin'. Goin' on all the time. I hear 'em an' feel 'em; an' they're beating their wings like a bird in a attic. Gonna bust their wings on a dusty winda tryin' ta get out."

      Casy is making an objective observation about the condition of the people around him.

    3. "I don' know. Mus' be. Ain't no crop right here now. Grapes to pick later, an' cotton to pick later. We're a-movin' on, soon's I get these here valves groun'. Me an' my wife an' my kids. We heard they was work up north. We're shovin' north, up aroun' Salinas."

      As work becomes more scarce, the search becomes more about maintaining direction and dignity. These families are ot expecting to find work but continue to search for it, content with the effort.

    1. e went on the third slot machine and played his nickels in, and on the fifth spin of the wheels the three bars came up and the jackpot dumped out into the cup. Al gathered up the big handful of coins and went back of the counter. He dropped them in the drawer and slammed the cash register. Then he went back to his place and crossed out the line of dots. "Number three gets more play'n the others," he said. "Maybe I ought to shift 'em around." He lifted a lid and stirred the slowly simmering stew.

      While Al initially seems to have compassion for the migrants originally, he displays an alternate course of morals by fixing the lottery machine.

    2. From behind her Al growled, "God Almighty, Mae, give 'em bread." "We'll run out 'fore the bread truck comes." "Run out, then, goddamn it," said Al. And he looked sullenly down at the potato salad he was mixing.

      The current situation called for a discounted product, regardless of future conditions

    1. This you may say of man—when theories change and crash, when schools, philosophies, when narrow dark alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate, man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes. Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back. This you may say and know it and know it.

      As men change ideals and support systems, the integrity of progress may be questioned. Which way is forward?

    2. If you who own the things people must have could understand this, you might preserve yourself. If you could separate causes from results, if you could know that Paine, Marx, Jefferson, Lenin, were results, not causes, you might survive

      Steinbeck lists writers, claiming that their pieces were results, not the cause.

    1. ver'body's askin' that. What we comin' to? Seems to me we don't never come to nothin'. Always on the way. Always goin' and goin'

      Casy makes a point here that people are just spinning their wheels, trying to reach a destination that is either unattainable or nonexistent. Seems like there is no future imagined.

    2. You ain't askin' nothin'; you're jus' singin' a kinda song. 'What we comin' to?' You don' wanta know. Country's movin' aroun', goin' places. They's folks dyin' all aroun'. Maybe you'll die pretty soon, but you won't know nothin'.

      Movement continues to swirl around the country but a large portion of migrants merely exist in the journey they have set out on.

    3. "No," she said quickly. "No, I ain't. You can't do that. I can't do that. It's too much—livin' too many lives. Up ahead they's a thousan' lives we might live, but when it comes, it'll on'y be one. If I go ahead on all of 'em, it's too much.

      Ma Joad explains to Al that it does her no good to be concerned about the future, it will be the present when it arrives.

    1. An' the fella says, I done it, an' ever' time since then when I hear a business man talkin' about service, I wonder who's gettin' screwed. Fella in business got to lie an' cheat, but he calls it somepin else. That's what's important. You go steal that tire an' you're a thief, but he tried to steal your four dollars for a busted tire. They call that sound business.

      The circumstances surrounding businessmen and family men are two different worlds, with a lack of common moral ground. Different definitions of theft, shoddy business practices are the "norm."

    2. Listen to the motor. Listen to the wheels. Listen with your ears and with your hands on the steering wheel; listen with the palm of your hand on the gear-shift lever; listen with your feet on the floor boards. Listen to the pounding old jalopy with all your senses, for a change of tone, a variation of rhythm may mean—a week here? T

      While shady salesman are shown to be responsible for the condition of these second-hand cars, it is more important to focus on the condition of the vehicle at hand.