In this particular excerpt, from Chapter 6 of Waiting for the Train, John MacDonald faces not just the brutal cold, but also a rowdy fellow rider of the rails.
This passage, from Chapter Five of Waiting for the Train, highlights some of the variety in how different people adapted to the circumstances of the Great Depression.
“Does one have to live amidst squalor and want and ignorance to experience real brotherhood?”
A description of John MacDonald’s first encounter with the railway hobos of his time, and his disbelief at the nature of “The Jungle”.
John MacDonald, the author of this journal, was no stranger to action.