John Steinbeck, 1938
Elisa is gardening chrysanthemums, and her husband Henry finishes negotiating a big cattle deal. He offers to take her out to dinner, and in the meantime, a traveling workman stops by, annoying Elisa asking for work. When he takes interest in her flowers, she excitedly pots some for him to take to another customer and then gives him work. She's attracted to him. On the way to dinner, she sees the pots in the road, and she cries, feeling much more weak than she did earlier in the day.
Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mine and Men, Pulitzer 40