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- Casy suggested elaborately, "Maybe Tom'll kill the fatted calf like for the prodigal in Scripture."Chapter 4 (98% in)
prodigal = the person, in the commonly referenced Christian parable, The Prodigal Son
- A parable is a story told to teach a moral lesson.
- The Prodigal Son is a parable about extreme forgiveness.
- In the parable, a "fatted calf" is killed and served at a feast.
- This is a common usage of prodigal; though it more generally refers to anyone (not just The Prodigal Son) who is recklessly wasteful; or perhaps long absent.
There are no more uses of "prodigal" in The Grapes of Wrath.
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