“Where Danny went,
a magnificent madness followed.
It is passionately averred in Tortilla Flat
that Danny alone drank 3 gallons of wine.
It must be remembered, however, that Danny is now a god.
In a few years it may be thirty gallons. In twenty years it may be
plainly remembered that the clouds flamed and spelled DANNY in
tremendous letters; that the moon dripped blood; that the wolf of
the world bayed prophetically from the mountains of the Milky Way.”
– John Steinbeck,
chapter XVI of Tortilla Flat (1935)