Financial bitterness could not eat too deeply into Mack and the boys, for they were not mercantile men. They did not measure their joys in goods sold, their egos in bank balances, nor their loves in what they cost (20.19)
For 100 points, how does Steinbeck feel about "mercantile men"? Too easy? Okay, let's complicate it: sure, they're not mercantile men. They just steal from mercantile men. Hmm, not sounding so philosophical now, is it?