"I’m scared of stuff so nice. I ain’t got faith. I’m scared somepin ain’t so nice about it."
– John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath, Chapter 10. The practical Ma Joad is skeptical of the promise of an abundant and better life in California. She hopes that it will live up to its promise. But she admits to being scared that the promised land there is only a dream. Ma proves to be a very perceptive woman, as she foreshadows that California will not be quite the utopia the migrants had hoped for.