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Tortilla Flat Chapter 17: How Danny's sorrowing Friends defied the conventions. How the Talismanic Bond was burned. How each Friend departed alone.

By John Steinbeck

Chapter 17: How Danny's sorrowing Friends defied the conventions. How the Talismanic Bond was burned. How each Friend departed alone.

  • Everyone in Tortilla Flat has to get their finest clothes together for Danny's funeral.
  • The friends don't have enough money to buy any clothes, and they can't borrow any, either, because everyone is already wearing their best get-ups.
  • The friends know that it would be disrespectful to go to Danny's funeral dressed in rags, so they decide to lie in the grass near the cemetery in order to see the service without actually going to it.
  • On the way back, the friends steal some wine from Torrelli and go home. They sing in Danny's honor.
  • When Pilon is lighting his cigar, he accidentally throws the match onto some newspaper on the floor.
  • Instead of putting out the fire, the friends know that this is the right end for Danny's house.
  • They watch the flames take over the house and burn it to the ground. Then they all walk away, each in a different direction.