What card game do the men try to play together?

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Euchre is what is known as a "trick card game." It's simple structure belies a complexity that involves psychological bluffing as well as sometimes intricate mathematics.

For Steinbeck to have chosen the ranch hands to play this game is symbolic of the...

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Just to add a bit to Mrerick's answer:

Euchre is what is known as a "trick card game." It's simple structure belies a complexity that involves psychological bluffing as well as sometimes intricate mathematics.

For Steinbeck to have chosen the ranch hands to play this game is symbolic of the intelligence of his characters, who though poor and uneducated are themselves more complex than their "simple structure" might appear.

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