Steinbeck could have made the bunkhouse and living conditions of the migrant workers seem much worse if he had wanted to, but he was trying to be fair and truthful. The bunkhouse he describes in the second chapter is intended to be representative of such bunkhouses in general on the big ranches throughout California. He picks out details that show a lack of concern for the comfort of the men who have to live in them. The bunks themselves are furnished with mattresses made of large burlap sacks stuffed with straw. One other especially striking detail is:
In the middle of the room stood a big square table littered with playing cards, and around it were grouped boxes for the players to sit on.
The men do not...
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