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Cannery Row

Cannery Row

by John Steinbeck

Cannery Row Chapter 3 Summary

  • Next door to Lee Chong's is Dora Flood's "stern and stately whorehouse" (3.1). Fun neighborhood!
  • In addition to the girls and the cook, Dora employs a "watchman" named Alfred (3.2). (The previous watchman, William, came to a bad end.)
  • William always wanted to hang out with Mack and the boys, but they didn't like him.
  • He's so bummed about this that he goes around telling everyone he's going to kill himself.
  • No one believes him, so William decides to teach them all a lesson by sticking the cook's icepick into his heart.

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