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The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
Reverend Casy Timeline and Summary
While chilling under a tree, Casy encounters and immediately recognizes Tom Joad. For dinner that night, Reverend Casy eats rabbit with Tom Joad and Muley Graves. Later on, Casy camps in a riverbed with Tom and Muley. Tom and Casy make their way to Uncle John Joad's house. While Tom reunites with his family, Casy lays low. He doesn't want to intrude. After much begging from the Joads, Casy agrees to say a prayer before breakfast. Reverend Casy asks the Joads if he can join them on their way to California. When Grampa's body is buried by the side of Route 66, Casy offers a prayer. While Tom and Al go get supplies to fix the Wilson's touring car, Casy chills with the car and makes sure no one tampers with it. Uncle John confesses to Casy. Reverend Casy talks to Tom at the Hooverville camp about how grim the situation is, and about how it's time for him to leave the Joad family. Reverend Casy kicks a policeman in the back of the head before the policeman can shoot at Floyd Knowles. When the police come looking for the man who knocked out the mean deputy, Casy turns himself in. Over a month later, Casy is reunited with Tom one night when Tom stumbles across his campsite. Reverend Casy introduces Tom to his buddies and tells him stories of prison life, stories of revolution and rebellion. When they hear the sound of footsteps, Casy and Tom flee the campsite and try to escape. Someone catches Casy and Tom and drives a pick axe into Casy's head.