"The man's clothes were new-all of them, cheap and new. His gray cap was so new that the visor was still stiff adn the button still on, not shapeless and bulged as it would be when it had served for a while all the varies purposes of a cap..." (Steinbeck 9).
Tom practices this saying in chapter two when he says to the truck driver, "You got me wrong, mister … I ain't keepin' quiet about it. Sure I been in McAlester. Been there four years. Sure these is the clothes they give me when I come out. I don't give a damn who knows it. An' I'm goin' to my old man's place so I don't have to lie to get a job" (Steinbeck 12).