What is the summary for Chapter 2 of East of Eden?

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Chapter 2 introduces the Hamiltons, one of the two sets of families whose lives will be the intertwined throughout the novel.  Samuel and Liza Hamilton, were, in fact, John Steinbeck ’s actual maternal grandparents.  Here, he recounts the story of how the couple immigrated from Ireland and came to settle in the Salinas Valley.  Unfortunately for the Hamiltons, they arrived too late to claim the cheap and fertile homesteads.  Instead, they had to settle for acreage that was...

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