The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

John Steinbeck on Cars, Clatter, and the Countryside

. . . a Ford bumped up the main street of King City and pulled to a shuddering stop in front of the post office. Adam sat at the wheel. . . . 

"I see you've got one of those damn things," he [the postmaster] said. 
"Have to keep up with the times," Adam said.

"I predict there'll come a time when you can't find a horse, Mr. Trask."

"Maybe so." 

"They'll change the face of the countryside. They get their clatter into everything," the postmaster went on. "We even feel it here. Man used to come for his mail once a week. Now he comes every day, sometimes twice a day. He just can't wait for his damn catalogue. Running around. Always running around." He was so violent in his dislike that Adam knew he hadn't bought a Ford yet. It was a kind of jealousy coming out. "I wouldn't have one around," the postmaster said, and this meant that his wife was at him to buy one. It was the women who put the pressure on. Social status was involved.