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Of Mice and Men

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Curley stepped over to Lennie like a terrier. `What the
hell you laughin' at?'

Lennie looked blankly at him. `Huh?'

Then Curley's rage exploded. `Come on, ya big bastard.
Get up on your feet. No big son-of-a-bitch is gonna laugh
at me. I'll show…

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Curley's fist was swinging when Lennie reached for it. The
next minute Curley was flopping like a fish on a line, and
his closed fist was lost in Lennie's big hand. George ran
down the room. `Leggo of him, Lennie. Let go.'

But Lennie watched in terror the flopping little…

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Extract 2

Crooks put his dark chin into his pink palm. `You travel
aroun' with George, don't ya?'

`Sure. Me an' him goes ever' place together.'

Crooks continued, `Sometimes he talks, and you don't
know what the hell he's talking about. Ain't that so?' He
leaned forward, boring Lennie with…

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difference, no difference.' His excitement had increased
until he pounded his knee with his hand. `George can tell
you screwy things, and it don't matter. It's just the
talking. It's just bein' with another guy. That's all.' He
paused.

His voice grew soft and persuasive. `S'pose George don't
come back…

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Extract 3

Lennie's big fingers fell to stroking her hair.

`Don't you muss it up,' she said.

Lennie said, `Oh! That's nice,' and he stroked harder.
`Oh, that's nice.'

`Look out, now, you'll muss it.' And then she cried
angrily, `You stop it now, you'll mess it all up.' She…

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seemed bewildered. And then he whispered in fright, `I
done a bad thing. I done another bad thing.'

He pawed up the hay until it partly covered her.

From outside the barn came a cry of men and the double
clang of shoes on metal. For the first time Lennie…

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