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The Red Pony

The Red Pony

  

by John Steinbeck

The Red Pony Men and Masculinity Quotes

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Quote #10

"Won't you tell me any more stories?" Jody asked.

"Why, sure I'll tell them, but only when—I'm sure people want to hear them."

"I like to hear them, sir."

"Oh! Of course you do, but you're a little boy. It was a job for men, but only little boys like to hear about it." (4.141-4.144)

According to Grandfather, men don't like to hear stories about what men of the past have done—only little boys do. Maybe because boys like to imagine being men whereas men (like Carl) are actually busy living their lives. Or maybe they're worried that they just don't measure up to the manly models of the past.

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