The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath question

Some help needed in understanding certain phrases
Kevin Kevin Sep 12, 2012 09:13PM
Can anyone help me understand these phrases, as I cannot seem to get it :

1) ....."But Winfield was still a trifle of a snot-nose, a little of a brooder back of the barn, and an inveterate collector and smoker of snipes.".....

What is meant by : ...."and an inveterate collector and smoker of snipes." ?

2) Tom said, "Don't roust your faith bird-high an' you won't do no crawlin' with the worms."

What does that entire sentence mean ?

1 - A snipe in this context is a partially smoked cigarette, so Winfield would search for discarded cigarettes and smoke them.

2 - Don't set your hopes too high and you won't fall as far when your hopes are dashed.

Kevin Thanks Jon that was helpful.
Sep 12, 2012 09:25PM
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Darlene Gosch Thanks Jon, born and bred in Oklahoma and had never heard that phrase.
Jul 27, 2018 11:51PM

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