The characters in this chapter besides the Joads would be the camp manager, Timothy and Wilkie Wallace, Mr. Thomas and other camp members. The Joads arrived to the camp and Tom managed to get the family settled. The family finally had basic necessities that they needed to live such as warm water, food, and security. Tom managed to get a job and learn about the camp and the people in it.
Tom getting his job is a big milestone for the family. The money he makes helps go towards food and living in the camp. Even though the pay was cut because of the Farmers' Association, he is more than willing to take the job. The Farmers' Association is trying destroy the government camps to help remove the "Okies".
What is the Farmers Association and what do they do?
How did Tom get his first Job?
Mr. Thomas said, "Well look out next Saturday" because he was warning them about a fight that was going to happen in the camp. This passage shows that not everyone is against the Okies and that a future is possible even though a large portion of the population around them want them to leave. Another quote is, "You got wash tubs-running water?" which was stated by Ma. This sentence shows how much the Joads don't have. Water is needed for survival and the Joads have just gotten a feeling of hope from hearing about running water.
This chapter can be compared to when Tom came home from jail to find nothing of his house. He eventually found his old friends and neighbors though to help him find his family and support him. Tom went home expecting to find his family but only found destruction until he found his friends. This is similar to him going to the West where he found nothing at first but eventually found the camp where he now has a job.