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Chapter 4 begins with a description of Crooks' bunk in the harness room, a description that reveals quite a bit about Crooks character.

Crooks possessed several pairs of shoes, a pair of rubber boots, a big alarm clock and a single-barreled shotgun. And he had books, too; a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the California civil code for 1905. There were battered magazines and a few dirty books on a special shelf over his bunk. A pair of large gold-rimmed spectacles hung from a nail on the wall above his bed.

This room was swept and fairly neat, for Crooks was a proud, aloof man. He kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs. His body was bent over to the left by his crooked spine, and his eyes lay deep in his head, and because of their depth seemed to glitter with intensity. His lean face was lined with deep black wrinkles, and he had thin, pain-tightened lips which were lighter than his face.

What can be inferred about Crooks through the above paragraph?


Crooks enjoys the simple things in life and is not interested in material things. This is demonstrated by the fact that he hasn't acquired many possessions and the fact that most of his belongings are old and tattered.


Crooks is basically treated like a slave, even though he is supposed to be treated equally, according to the law. This is demonstrated by the fact that he is made to sleep with the animals.


Crooks enjoys the finer things in life, which is indicated by the tidiness of his bunk and his belongings, from his many pairs of shoes to his many books and legal documents.


Crooks is a self-educated, wise man who is interested in his civil rights. This is demonstrated by his many books, including the copy of the civil code, as well as the reference to the depth of his eyes.


Crooks comes from a humble beginning, raised with his cousins on his uncle's farm, where black children and white children were allowed to play together.

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