Chapter 12 Summary

Chapter 12 is a diversion from the main plot, one of the frequent sidesteps into the vortex of life that makes up the working-class town of Cannery Row. Perhaps because fame is hard to come by in the blue-collar environment, anyone with any modicum of fame who has stayed in Monterey or passed through is afforded special star status.

In the days before television and only a few years into modern radio broadcasts, authors were still considered a sort of royalty. Monterey's most touted former resident was Robert Louis Stevenson, and it was observed by many and with great pleasure that his geological descriptions in Treasure Island bore a good deal of resemblance to Point Lobos, California.

Over the...

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