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Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

By John Steinbeck

Adopting the constitution and issues of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a "Camelot" on a shabby hillside above Monterey at the California coast and peopled it with a colourful band of knights. As Steinbeck chronicles their suggestions and feelings, temptations and lusts, he spins a story as compelling, and eventually as touched by means of sorrow, because the well-known legends of the around desk.

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The red rose calendar for 1906, the silk banner on the wall, with Fighting Bob Evans looking between the superstructures of a battleship, the bunch of red paper roses tacked up, the strings of dusty red peppers and garlic, the stove, the battered rocking chairs. Pilon looked in the door. “Three rooms,” he said breathlessly, “and a bed and a stove. ” Danny moved cautiously into the house. He had bitter memories of the viejo. Pilon darted ahead of him and into the kitchen. “A sink with a faucet,” he cried.

The viejo died. I am the heir. ” “Thou art the only grandson,” said the realist Pilon. ” Danny sank back, exhausted with emotion. “I do not know. ” Pilon sat silent and absorbed. His face grew mournful. He threw a handful of pine needles on the fire, watched the flames climb frantically among them and die. For a long time he looked into Danny’s face with deep anxiety, and then Pilon sighed noisily, and again he sighed. “Now it is over,” he said sadly. “Now the great times are done. ” Danny put down the bottle, and Pilon picked it up and set it in his own lap.

Pablo too looked annoyed. “Maybe if we went and talked to Danny—” he suggested. “Maybe Danny has some eggs,” said Pilon. “Those chickens of Mrs. ” They put on their shoes and walked slowly toward Danny’s house. Pilon stooped and picked up a beer bottle cap and cursed and threw it down. “Some evil man has left it there to deceive people,” he said. “I tried it last night,” said Pablo. He looked into a yard where the green corn was ripe and made a mental note of its ripeness. They found Danny sitting on his front porch, behind the rose bush, wriggling his toes to keep the flies off.

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