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Chapter 9. The tenant farmers collect their belongings they can't use anymore and haul them to town where they sell everything for a fraction of its worth. They sell tools and horses; everything anyone will buy. Keepsakes and memories are left behind. And they are leaving the land, but they had become part of the land. They frantically burn the last of the things that won't fit into the truck, and they drive off through the dust.

Chapter 10. Tom Joad and his Ma discuss the handbills that tell of prosperity in California, and they admit to doubt about the truth for the first time. Grampa comes in and waxes eloquently about the grapes and oranges he'll pick when the family gets to California. Then, Jim Casy comes in and asks to join them; Ma says the men will discuss it that evening. A bit later, the rest of...

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