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Cannery Row

Cannery Row

by John Steinbeck

Doc Timeline and Summary

  • Doc and Hazel collect starfish.
  • He gives Mack the okay to trap a bunch of frogs for him.
  • On a trip to La Jolla, Doc finally tries a beer milkshake and has a really intense experience finding the body of a beautiful young woman under the water.
  • He returns to find his lab trashed.
  • After punching Mack in the face, Doc returns to a normal life.
  • On the Fourth of July, he makes (and wins) a bet with Richard Frost that Mack and the boys won't turn around to watch the parade go by.
  • Gradually, he discovers that Cannery Row is planning him a surprise party.
  • He tries to make things right with the police when Frankie is arrested for burglary, but there's nothing he can do.
  • The night of the party, Doc goes about his business as usual, except he locks up his most valuable and dangerous stuff.
  • He welcomes the party guests and serves them steak and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Everyone, Doc included, participates in a big fight.
  • The day after the party, Doc cleans up and recites wistful poetry to himself.
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