Useful Quotations From OMAM

Useful quotations to use for Of Mice and Men in the literature exam

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Useful Quotations for Candy
"...a tall, stoop-shouldered old man ..."
"...out of the sleeve came a round stick-like wrist, but no hand."
"The swamper warmed to his gossip."
He has a "hell of an old dog."
Tells George:
"I ought to of shot that dog myself ... I shouldn't ought to of let no
stranger shoot my dog."
Tells Crooks:
"Everybody wants a little bit of land ... Jus' som'thin' that was his."
He is isolated; a victim because he is old and disabled:
"When they can (sack) me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me ... I won't
have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs."
Useful Quotations for Curley's Wife
"... a girl ...full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her
finger-nails were red."
"Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages."
"She wore ... red mules ..." with " ... red ostrich feathers."

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Her voice had a nasal, brittle quality."
George says:
"Jesus, what a tramp. So that's what Curley picks for a wife."
"... a piece of jail-bait."
"... a rat-trap if I ever seen one."
She is isolated; a victim of Curley:
"Think I don't like to talk to somebody ever' once in a while?"
"I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely."
"I can't talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad."
"I don't like Curley. He ain't a nice fella.…read more

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You're yella as a frog belly ... "I'll kick your god-damn head off."
Slim says:
"The dirty little rat ...
Curley says:
"I'm gonna shoot the guts outa that big bastard."
Useful Quotations for Crooks
"... a lean negro head, lined with pain, the eyes patient."
"... thin, pain-tightened lips ..."
Candy says:
"... the stable buck's a nigger."
"Nice fella, too. Got a crooked back where a horse kicked him."
"He reads a lot. Got books in his room.…read more

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Useful Quotations for George
"... small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong
George looks after Lennie:
He says to Lennie:
"I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn't have you on my tail. I
could live so easy and maybe have a girl."
The Boss says:
"I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy."
G. tells Slim:
"We kinda look after each other."
"I knowed his Aunt Clara.…read more

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His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject ..."
"His hatchet face was ageless. He might have been thirty-five or fifty."
"His ear heard more than was said to him ..."
"... slow speech ... understanding beyond thought."
"His voice was very gentle."
He "invited confidence without demanding it."
"... Slim's opinions were low."
Whit says:
"Nobody knows what Slim can do ..."
Slim says to George:
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If he (the boss) finds out what a crazy bastard you are, we won't get
no job..."
George says :
" HE got kicked in the head by a horse when he was a kid. He's awright.
Just ain't bright."
George says :
"He's dumb as hell, but he ain't crazy."
Slim says :
He's jes' like a kid ain't he ?"
Lennie is very strong:
George says:
"... he's sure a hell of a good worker. Strong as a bull.…read more

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Lennie to Curley's wife:
"I like to pet nice things with my fingers, sof' things."
George says (after Curley's wife is killed):
"All the time he done bad things, but he never done one of `em mean.…read more


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