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Slim looked through George and beyond him. "Ain't many guys travel around together," he
mused. "I don't know why. Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each
other." (2.179)
Isolation Quotes

It's really interesting that this comment comes from Slim. Of course, it characterizes how all

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"I know there ain't. You got it in your hand..." (1.2527)
Lennie is like a child in his thinking. The game he plays here with George is the classic "If I
have my hand over my eyes, no one can see me," thing. This kind of sleight of hand is…

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forced on you and confinement you choose. Friendship shouldn't be a kind of prison, but
rather a voluntary bond. George knows the difference.
Lennie said, "I thought you was mad at me, George."

"No," said George. "No, Lennie, I ain't mad. I never been mad, and I ain' now. That's…

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Curley, or the looseness of his woman, Curley knows he's in no position to argue. Justice
has been served, but it seems no lesson has been learned.

[Lennie] said gently, "George... I ain't got mine. I musta lost it." He looked down at the
ground in despair.

"You never…

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Candy's power comes in the form of the $300 he received as compensation for the accident
he suffered on the ranch. His weakness is that, regardless of the money, he is now missing a
hand, which keeps him from being able to work well. Candy understands that he'll soon be…


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