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The Fruited PlainFables for a Postmodern Democracy$
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Alvin Kernan

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092905

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092905.001.0001

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Merry Xmas from the Joads

Merry Xmas from the Joads

(p.1) One Merry Xmas from the Joads
The Fruited Plain

Alvin Kernan

Yale University Press

This chapter opens with an email from Elspeth Joad, sending Christmas greetings and providing the latest news about members of her family. It then presents details about the members of the Joad family, namely Elspeth, her husband Winfield, and their six children (Earle, Calista, Somerset, Emerson, Thompson, and the baby, Triola). The discussion includes their house in the suburbs, mortgage, credit card debt, Earle's hacking skills, and fifteen-year-old Calista's pregnancy.

Keywords:   Joad family, Christmas greetings, Elspeth Joad, mortgage, credit card debt, hacking, teenage pregnancy

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