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by John Steinbeck

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With what details does the author delineate Elisa's character in the beginning?

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The opening line skillfully sets the scene for what kind of life Elisa and her husband lead in the Salinas Valley:

The high grey-flannel fog of winter closed off the Salinas Valley from the sky and from all the rest of the world.

Elisa and her husband are cut off from the outside world, living in a little bubble all of their own. Though normally a very beautiful part of the world, the Salinas Valley is shrouded in a thick pall of gray,...

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