Study Guide

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 27

By John Steinbeck

Chapter 27

  • Little yellow handbills are strewn all over California, boasting of plenty of work for cotton pickers.
  • A picker who fills a giant bag full of cotton can earn eight cents for it.
  • The bags are weighed by a clerk. Corruption abounds. Some pickers put rocks in their bags in order to make it weigh more. Some clerks don't keep accurate records of the amount a worker has picked.
  • Cotton gets everywhere, especially up your nose.