On collectin’ stuff


Wikipedia photo – John Steinbeck

“Pa asked, “What’s he disappointed about if he got a million acres?”
The preacher smiled, and he looked puzzled. He splashed a floating water bug away with his hand. “If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs it ’cause he feels awful poor inside hisself, and if he’s poor in hisself, there ain’t no million acres gonna make him feel rich, an’ maybe he’s disappointed that nothin’ he can do’ll make him feel rich _ not rich like Mis’ Wilson was when she give her tent when Grampa died. I ain’t tryin’ to preach no sermon, but I never seen nobody that’s busy as a prairie dog collectin’ stuff that wasn’t disappointed.” He grinned. “Does kinda soun’ like a sermon, don’t it?” – John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath.

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (1902–1968) was an American author born in Salinas, California, the setting for many of his novels. He is the author of 27 books but is most famous for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, (set during the Great Depression) ‘East of Eden’, and ‘Of Mice and Men’. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

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