The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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Why is Tom impatient with the fat gas station attendant in  Chapter 13 of The Grapes of Wrath

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Tom feels that the man is being unfair, initially, then grows frustrated with the man's repeated question. 

As a refrain, the attendant asks what the world is coming to. When Casey offers an honest attempt at an explanation, the man simply repeats his question again. It is at this point that Tom speaks to the man in anger. 

Angrily Tom...

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