Chapter 28 Summary

Chapter 28 brings Frankie, the young, relatively homeless boy, back into the narrative.

After a disastrous attempt at helping Doc serve guests at a former party, Frankie made himself scarce. But eventually, even Frankie hears about the new party; everyone in Cannery Row is talking about it, and seemingly everyone is planning to attend.

Frankie learns that the party is to honor Doc on his birthday. Like everyone else, Frankie wants to do something special for the unofficial mayor of Cannery Row. He does not want to try to offer his help again, since he had failed so miserably before. In every conversation Frankie overhears, people are talking about what gift they are planning to give Doc. Frankie wants to...

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