The Grapes of Wrath - Study Guide Chapters 28, 29, and 30 Summary & Analysis

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The Joads' fortune improves slightly as they get situated in their cotton-picking jobs and find temporary shelter in one of twelve railroad boxcars sitting near the field. This is the most substantial housing the family has had since leaving Oklahoma. Ma is especially pleased because winter is coming, which means lots of rain in California. The work is extremely hard, but the money is better than the family has earned in a long time, and they are able to buy decent food and a few articles of new clothing.

The family's security is threatened once more when Ruthie enters into a childish altercation with another young girl and reveals that her brother Tom has killed a man. Ruthie is trying to frighten the girl. Tom is in hiding in a cave near the cotton fields. Upon hearing what Ruthie has revealed, Ma tells Tom he...

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