By John Steinbeck
Set within the wealthy farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this strong, usually brutal novel, follows the interwined destinies of 2 households - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the autumn of Adam and Eve and the toxic contention of Cain and Abel. the following Steinbeck created a few of his such a lot memorable characters and explored his such a lot enduring subject matters: the secret of indentity; the inexplicability of affection, and the murderous effects of love's absence.
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After the soldiers had gone his father sat with him a long time. “I’ve put you in the cavalry for a reason,” he said. “Barrack life is not a good life for long. But the cavalry has work to do. I made sure of that. You’ll like going for the Indian country. There’s action coming. I can’t tell you how I know. ” “Yes, sir,” Adam said. 2 It has always seemed strange to me that it is usually men like Adam who have to do the soldiering. He did not like fighting to start with, and far from learning to love it, as some men do, he felt an increasing revulsion for violence.
He lived in a world shining and fresh and as uninspected as Eden on the sixth day. His mind plunged like a colt in a happy pasture, and when later the world put up fences he plunged against the wire, and when the final stockade surrounded him, he plunged right through it and out. And as he was capable of giant joy, so did he harbor huge sorrow, so that when his dog died the world ended. Tom was as inventive as his father but he was bolder. He would try things his father would not dare. Also, he had a large concupiscence to put the spurs in his flanks, and this Samuel did not have.
The identity of the distortion came to him slowly. He stood up, puzzled and wondering. He stuck the wooden pen in the ink bottle and wiped his fingers on his pants. ” Cyrus asked softly. Adam tried to answer, but his mouth was caked and dry. He licked his lips and started them bleeding again. “I don’t know,” he said. Cyrus stumped over to him and grasped him by the arm so fiercely that he winced and tried to pull away. “Don’t lie to me! Why did he do it? ” Cyrus wrenched at him. “Tell me! I want to know.