The will gives all of Faye's worldly possessions to Cathy upon Faye's death—an incredible sum, as the brothel does very well financially. Samuel's good nature and hard work on his near barren ranch makes him sympathetic to the reader. Samuel's brood will fare comparatively well, but the sins of the father will be visited upon the kind-hearted Adam and the evil-hearted Charles. The upright, honest Samuel, who symbolizes God the Father, becomes severely ill after the satanic Cathy bites him on the hand when he attempts to help her during labor. Cathy screams, and the brothel's bouncer comes in and knocks Adam down. Lee confesses that it is indeed true.
Cal confides in Aron a secret he overheard from some men in King City: their mother isn't dead after all, but is in fact living in Salinas. Cal plans to give the money to his father on Thanksgiving. One day while out hunting rabbits with bows and arrows, they twins argue over who should take credit for having shot a rabbit. Cathy believes Charles to be a great deal like her and fears him because of it. He takes the keys to Cathy's safe deposit box at the bank, as well as the photographs of the men she blackmails. He remembers a second man who had always been immoral, manipulating others under the pretense of virtue; people greeted his death with joy. He has looked for weaknesses in her but can find none.
Here, good clashes directly with evil, and the poisonous Cathy's evil is so powerful that it incapacitates - indeed, almost kills - Samuel Hamilton, who is goodness personified. As the twins grow older, Aron and Cal vie for their father's affection, much as Adam and Charles did earlier. The next part of the novel centers on Adam's children, Aron and Cal, and on , who falls in love with both brothers. Abra gives Aron a kiss before she leaves. She confides in Lee and asks him if it is true that Aron's mother is a prostitute.
However, we'll still link you to the file. It turns out that Alice mistakenly believes that Charles, not Adam, is the one who has been leaving her secret gifts for years. Lee tells Cal to control his reaction, and Cal does finally recognize that it is within his power to control himself. Cathy is skeptical about Adam's motives for telling her about the money, for she knows full well that he could have kept it for himself and never told her. They decide to keep Cathy's whereabouts secret from Adam to protect the children from the knowledge that their mother is a prostitute. Trying to be kind, Cal tells Aron that Adam plans to send a wreath to their mother's grave. One of the other women said she also had noticed Faye looking flushed.
On their way to the ranch house, Samuel and his Chinese-American friend , who is the Trasks' servant, share their similarly negative feelings about Cathy. Samuel brings up the biblical story of Cain and Abel. On what will be his final visit, he finds that the twins he once delivered are now eleven years old. Lee tells Adam that he was lonesome, that he realized he really did not want to run a bookstore, and that he is very glad to be home. She also views her girls in an almost motherly fashion, and treats her customers well. Aron is innocent and good-hearted, and turns away from anything even suggestive of evil.
Faye is horrified by the revelation. As the novel unfolds, will Adam become a better father, or will the cycle established by Cain and Abel be repeated in the Trask family once more, causing Adam to repeat his father's mistakes? Lee's family saga is a testament to familial love and sacrifice, an illustration of how family members can and should treat one another. Along with Lee, she helps care for the newborn twins. GradeSaver, 11 April 2006 Web. As the twentieth century began, he says, people had to forget the previous century in order to move into the next.
Adam confesses that he thinks he is a bad father to the boys, and Cal confesses that he knows the truth about Cathy. Adam meets many of the Salinas Valley locals, immediately fits in with them, and begins his search for a good plot of land to buy. Adam goes to see Cathy at the brothel to inform her about Charles's death and about her share of the fortune. In , he offers a simplistic personification of good versus evil Samuel and versus Cathy Trask. He tells Charles the story of his months on the chain gang after the war.
He tells Cal about a plan he has to make a great deal of money exporting beans in the wartime economy. Z - - - xx East of Eden East of Eden Select a Chapter: Part I Chapter 1 - 4 Chapters 1-4 In the beginning of East of Eden, before introducing his characters, John Steinbeck carefully establishes the setting with a description of the Salinas Valley in Northern California. While still a schoolgirl, she sets up a group of local boys for punishment by luring them with her body; the boys receive a thrashing after Cathy's mother finds Cathy tied up in a barn with her skirt pulled up. Later, Charles asks Adam about his conversation with their father. When Kate left the room, she leaned against the door and yawned luxuriously. All the while, Aron had believed his mother to be dead, and when he finds out otherwise, he runs away, joins the Army during World War I, and dies soon after. Abra overhears one such rumor and advises Aron to ask his father about his mother, but Aron nervously declines.
Charles does not want to keep her in the house because he fears that it will ruin his reputation. Faye is well-liked by the authorities because she keeps an eye out for the criminal element amongst her clients and donates money to the local charities. Samuel, Adam, and Lee discuss the biblical story of Cain and Abel. Samuel and Liza also have five daughters: Lizzie, who does not associate with the family very much; Una, who is dark and brooding; Dessie, whose lovely personality makes her well-loved; Olive, the narrator's mother, who becomes a teacher; and Mollie, the baby and beauty of the family. Cal joyfully realizes that he has found the sharpest weapon of all for controlling his brother: Aron's love for their missing mother. Unlike his father, who never gets too weighed down with things, Tom is often troubled; he has low self-esteem and he secretly writes poetry.
The juxtaposition of good and evil characters continues with Samuel Hamilton and Adam Trask: Samuel is the epitome of the good father figure, while Adam pays virtually no attention to his children. Overcome with shock, Adam hurries away. A wave of moral reform sweeps Salinas—as the narrator notes, this occurs every few years—and organized gambling comes under fire within the town. One day, while Samuel is working at the Trask house, Lee appears and reports that Cathy is in labor. The daughter of a crooked Salinas politician, Abra comes to love Cal instead, and like him, wonders whether a parent's evil nature can be inherited.