After Rose Cook Lewis and Ginny Cook Smith inherit their father’s property, they strike up a family tradition in which they play a nightly game of Monopoly with their husbands, as well as with Jess Clark. The game is extremely enjoyable for all concerned, but it also symbolizes the characters’ latent desire for power and property (and allows them to access these desires behind the façade of a game). Their enjoyment of the Monopoly game—and the other characters’ fascination with it—is an early sign that the Cook family will be torn apart by greed and acquisitiveness (after all, a game of Monopoly ends when one person has all the wealth and everybody else is broke).
The A Thousand Acres quotes below all refer to the symbol of Monopoly. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of A Thousand Acres published in 2003.).
Book 2, Chapter 12 Quotes
The timeline below shows where the symbol Monopoly appears in A Thousand Acres. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 12
...invites Rose and Pete over, and everyone—Ty, Ginny, Rose, Pete, and Jess—plays a game of Monopoly. Everyone has a great time: Jess and Pete tell stories, and Jess’s presence in particular... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 15
...thinks. He loves showing off with his new tractor, annoying Larry greatly. One night over Monopoly, Jess points out that Harold is a lot sharper and more manipulative than he lets... (full context)