While fixing a flat tire on the truck, a well-dressed man offers them work as peach pickers.When they arrive at the Hooper Ranch, policemen escort them through wire gates. Inside the gates, the Joads are registered and begin picking fruit for five cents a box.The defendants were arrested and referred to Egypt’s general prosecution in January after organizing a strike to denounce an interior ministry decision to reduce their vacation days and increase their work hours.They were charged with striking, inciting violence and intimidating security forces.
Slipping out of the ranch, he comes across Jim Casy in a roadside camp.They strike Casy in the head with a pick handle and kill him.Tom immediately grabs the handle and beats Casy's killer. Tom hides in the orchard until he can make his way back to the ranch.Winfield collapses because of dysentery he got from eating peaches.Pa tells Tom that he is being hunted, and there is talk of lynching. Once dark falls, they hide Tom in the truck and leave the ranch.
Summary After spending a month in the Weedpatch camp, the Joad men have been unable to find any sort of work.