Past masters: John Steinbeck, “Cannery Row” (1945)

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“The boys stood in the kitchen and gathered quick impressions. It was obvious that (the Captain’s) wife was away – – the opened cans, the frying pan with lace from fried eggs still sticking to it, the crumbs on the kitchen table, the open box of shotgun shells on the breadbox all shrieked of the lack of a woman, while the white curtains and the papers on the dish shelves and the too small towels on the rack told them a woman had been there. And they were unconsciously glad she wasn’t there. The kind of women who put papers on shelves and had little towels like that instinctively distrusted and disliked Mack and the boys. Such women knew that they were the worst threats to a home, for they offered ease and thought and companionship as opposed to neatness, order, and properness. They were very glad she was away.” 


One Comment on “Past masters: John Steinbeck, “Cannery Row” (1945)”

  1. […] is one of my half-dozen favorite authors, which you probably already know about me. I first read “East Of Eden” about six years ago while in the waning days of my […]


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