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One time when it was the first of the month and there were curt notes from the water company and the rent wasn't paid and a manuscript had come back from Collier's and the cartoons had come back from The New Yorker and pleurisy was hurting Tom pretty badly, he went into the bedroom and lay down on the bed (24.6)

It's ironic that, while the dead writer in Chapter 12 is honored (kind of), the only living writer in Cannery Row is living pretty badly. Sure, Monterey seems to be saying, just get famous and dead, and then we'll honor you.

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