- when he looks at Curley's dead wife he says 'poor bastard' showing the true victim is Lennie.
- the boss is a 'god fella' - tries to see best in everyone
- ''bristly white whiskers'' - show's he is old. Animal imagery.
- ''i ain't got no relatives or nothin'.'' - shows he is lonely, especially after death of dog. Desperate to join George and Lennie, nothing to lose.
- ''a guy on a ranch don't listen or ast no questions''. Truthful, shows what loneliness, not talking or listening to anyone.
- ''had him since he was a pup''.