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Slim is presented by Steinbeck as 'the Prince of the ranch' ­ he is one of the few respectable characters in
the novella and the only character that seems at peace with himself. He has a calming force in the novella as
he is portrayed as a levelheaded guy ­…

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Slim's Godlike image is elaborated further by Steinbeck in section two as we hear he 'drowned' four of his
dogs puppies as 'she couldn't feed that many' ­ although it appears cruel at first we can understand that
what he did was for the greater good which almost foreshadows the…


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