By John Steinbeck

ISBN-10: 1440638845

ISBN-13: 9781440638848

Adopting the constitution and topics of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a "Camelot" on a shabby hillside above Monterey at the California coast and peopled it with a colourful band of knights. As Steinbeck chronicles their innovations and feelings, temptations and lusts, he spins a story as compelling, and eventually as touched through sorrow, because the recognized legends of the around desk.

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Pilon and Pablo sat under a pink rose of Castile in Torrelli’s yard and quietly drank wine and let the afternoon grow on them as gradually as hair grows. “It is just as well that we do not take two gallons of wine to Danny,” said Pilon. ” Pablo agreed. “Danny looks healthy,” he said, “but it is just such people that you hear of dying every day. Look at Rudolfo Kelling. ” Pilon’s realism arose mildly to the surface. “Rudolfo fell into the quarry above Pacific Grove,” he observed in mild reproof.

And later, after Danny had helped to dispose of one of the girls and half of the wine, there was a really fine fight. Danny lost a tooth, and Pilon had his shirt torn off. The girls stood shrieking by and kicked whichever man happened to be down. At last Danny got up off the floor and butted one of the girls in the stomach, and she went out the door croaking like a frog. The other girl stole two cooking pots and followed her. For a little while Danny and Pilon wept over the perfidy of women. “Thou knowest not what bitches women are,” Danny said wisely.

The silence ran on. Pilon and Pablo felt that the suggestion should not come from them, since, by some lines of reasoning, they might be considered interested parties. Jesus Maria kept silence in duty to his hosts, but when their silence made him aware of what was required of him, he came instantly into the breach. “A gallon of wine makes a nice present for a lady,” he suggested in a musing tone. Pilon and Pablo were astonished at his brilliance. ” “But maybe Danny will pay no heed to our warning.

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