John Steinbeck does not characterize most of his characters by what they own, but he chooses to characterize Crooks by describing most of this man's possessions. Crooks does not have a room of his own but sleeps in the harness room, a little lean-to shed beside the barn.
Crooks' bunk was a long box filled with straw, on which his blankets were flung.
Most of the paraphernalia in the harness room belong to the ranch and are used on the horses. Crooks has medicine bottles for himself mixed with medicine bottles for the animals. His personal possessions are scattered about the room. Steinbeck explains that Crooks has accumulated more personal possessions than the other men because he was more permanent. In one paragraph the author offers a fairly complete inventory of the things Crooks owns.
Crooks possessed several pairs of shoes, a pair of rubber boots, a big alarm clock and a single-barreled shotgun. And...
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