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Cannery Row

Cannery Row

by John Steinbeck

Cannery Row Chapter 16 Summary

  • We step out of the chronology of the story here to hear about a time when Dora and the girls were the busiest they'd ever been. 
  • It just happened to coincide with a time when Cannery Row was in the middle of an influenza epidemic.
  • None of the licensed doctors wanted to treat anyone on Cannery Row because they were "not considered a good financial risk" (16.3).
  • So Doc played doctor and Dora sent her girls around with soup and comfort.

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