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From the first time she met the sheriff, Kate knew that he understood her and would not bother her, for he made it clear that he simply wanted peace in his county. He later told her that he knew that she had left two babies behind and that his only demand was that she never contact them. He also advised her to do more to disguise who she was. When he was leaving, he told her he had a son and that he was never going to let him come to Faye’s establishment, as if he feared he might be attracted to Kate.
One day Faye and Kate were in Faye’s room talking. When Kate left the room to get something, Faye bit down on a nut and hurt her tooth. After Kate returned, she efficiently picked out the nutshell from Faye’s aching tooth and then packed the tooth in medicine. She then gave Faye some Pinkham’s juice, a soothing drink that Faye likes and drinks often.
The chapter begins with a general description of how towns in the west developed. Once the settlers, bankers, and lawyers had arrived and settled in, houses of prostitution soon followed. The narrator then describes the three houses of prostitution in the Salinas Valley, giving emphasis to Faye’s place.
Through Steinbeck’s careful description of Faye and the relationship she develops with Kate, the reader senses that something bad will happen to her. The incident of the tooth shows the closeness of the relationship. It also gives Steinbeck the opportunity to introduce Pinkham’s medicinal juice, which will become important later in the plot.
Steinbeck also describes the relationship between Kate and the sheriff. He tells her that he knows she has deserted two babies; but he promises not to hassle her if she never attempts to go and see the children. Kate feels she has the sheriff in the position that she wants him, for his main interests are to be low keyed and to keep peace in the county.
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