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Tortilla Flat Chapter 16: Of the sadness of Danny. How through sacrifice Danny's Friends gave a party. How Danny was Translated.

By John Steinbeck

Chapter 16: Of the sadness of Danny. How through sacrifice Danny's Friends gave a party. How Danny was Translated.

  • Even though Danny's back, things aren't the same. He seems tired and apathetic.
  • The friends worry about Danny but can't seem to cheer him up.
  • The friends decide to throw a party to bring Danny back and make the huge sacrifice of working for one day packing squid to make money for the party.
  • Everyone gets involved, cooking and contributing to the party, but Danny still seems to be in a daze.
  • Finally, when the friends ask Danny to come to the party, he gets into a frenzy, dancing with everybody and fighting with everybody. Then he runs out the door and off the edge of a cliff.
  • Doctors are called, and Father Ramon is called, but Danny is doomed. All of the people at the party are totally bummed about Danny's death.