Chapter 1 Allusions and Idioms Bluntly stolen from Mr. Thom Allusions • An allusion is a brief reference to something in the past or something that currently exists. • Allusions can be made to literature, art, popular culture, religion etc. • In Harry Potter, Rowling makes an allusion to the Phoenix from Greek Mythology Chapter One Allusions • Galiban Mountains: • a small mountain range situated in central California. Chapter One Allusions • Howard street: • There is a Howard Street in San Francisco, a city in Northern California Chapter One Allusions • Sacramento: • The capital of California, Sacramento is located about eighty miles northeast of San Francisco. Chapter One Allusions • Salinas River: • a river that flows north through Soledad and empties into the Pacific Ocean. Chapter One Allusions • Soledad: • a city in near the coast of California, approximately 130 miles south of San Francisco. Chapter One Allusions • “watchin' that blackboard”: • During the depression, employment agencies would post available jobs on a blackboard in front of their offices. Prospective employees would wait in front of the offices, watching the blackboard for any new jobs. Chapter One Allusions • Weed: • A mining town in Northern California, near Mt. Shasta. Chapter One Allusions • work cards: • A job assignment from an employment agency would be written on a work card to be presented by the worker to the employer. Idioms • Idiom: • an expression, word or phrase that is characteristic of an individual, a time period or region Not to be confused with Idiots... Chapter One Idioms • “blow their stake” or • “blowin' in our jack”: • Lose and/or spend all their money Chapter One Idioms • “bustin' a gut”: • To bust a gut is to engage in very hard physical labor -- so hard that you ache all over -even in your gut. Chapter One Idioms • “in hot water”: • to be in hot water is to be in trouble. Chapter One Idioms • “jungle-up”: • During the Great Depression, many wanderers (hoboes and tramps) would settle for the night in groups. These areas would be known as hobo jungles. To jungle-up is to camp out for the evening in the company of other like companions of the road. Chapter One Idioms • live off the fatta the lan': • The fat of the land is an expression that refers surviving and prospering by simply relying on what one can grow and raise -- that the land is so "fat" one will need nothing else to be happy. Things that make you go hmmmm • • • • • • Canned: Fired Jailbait: Got the eye Tart Sore as hell Clear out • bindle (n.): a small bundle of items rolled up inside a blanket and carried over the shoulder or on the back; a bedroll.