The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 6 Summary
- Tom and Casy inspect the Joad home, but something is amiss. It's completely empty, but nothing has been stolen.
- The two deduce that there aren't any neighbors around. If there were neighbors, the house would have been pulled apart, and the lumber would have been stolen.
- Muley Graves stops by. Muley is an old friend of the Joads, and he's gone a bit batty. But he knows what's going on.
- Tom's parents are staying at his Uncle John's house, and his family is getting ready to move to California.
- Muley tells Tom about how his family lost their land. Willey Feeley, another family friend, drove the tractor that dug up their yard and that crushed their house.
- Muley's own family has gone west, but he won't budge. He's made it his job to be a perpetual thorn in the landowners' sides. He doesn't want to leave his land.
- Since Uncle John Joad's house is eight miles away, the men decide to camp at the abandoned Joad home for the night.
- Muley shares the jackrabbits he caught and killed with Tom and Casy, and Tom has a really good time skinning and cooking the rabbit meat.
- On the horizon, the men see a car's lights.
- They hide in the cornrows while the men investigate the campsite. Technically, the men are trespassing on private property. Muley knows all of the landowners' habits and routines.
- The men decide to spend the night in a riverbed, well-hidden from the world.
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