A jumpy, unsettling opening to a powerful page that drives to the source of fury in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.
You can imagine horses prancing, shying, frisking, snorting and whinnying, eyeing askance an oncoming tempest. You can imagine that what’s to come is harsh and painful.
‘The western land, nervous under the beginning change. The Western States, nervous as horses before a thunderstorm.’
Source: John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (London: Mandarin Paperback, 1995), p. 173
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