The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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How would you describe Tom's Ma and Pa in Chapter 8 of Grapes of Wrath?

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Pa is working on the truck, nailing the top rails on its sides when Tom Joad first sees him.  Although he moves lithely, Pa is "an aging, graying man"  with "a grizzled, bearded face".  He is wearing

"a black, dirty slouch hat and a blue work shirt over which (is) a buttonless vest; his jeans (are) held up by a wide harness-leather belt with a big square brass buckle...his shoes (are) cracked and the soles swollen and boat-shaped from years of sun and wet and dust".

Despite his obvious age, Pa is a strong man.  His forearms sport "bulging, powerful muscles...(his) stomach and hips (are) lean, and...

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