| Quote #1
The women knew it was all right, and the watching children knew it was all right. Women and children knew deep in themselves that no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole. (1.10)
Do men ever break in this novel?
| Quote #2
The women went into the houses to their work, and the children began to play, but cautiously at first. (1.10)
Women do not do any thinking. They keep the details of life going.
| Quote #3
The men sat in the doorways of their houses; their hands were busy with sticks and little rocks. The men sat still – thinking – figuring. (1.10)
According to this description, the men are in charge of thinking and figuring things out. Is this true of the Joad family?