Of Mice and Men character quotes

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  • If I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job and work no trouble
  • Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world
  • But you ain't gonna get in no trouble, because if you do, I won't let you tend the rabbits
  • You always forget and I gotta talk you out of it. Now we got to be careful.
  • They get mean. They get wanting to fight all the time
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  • Hell of a nice fella, but he ain't bright
  • I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you
  • I get to tend the rabbits
  • He's jes like a kid
  • Geroge, why is it both ends the same?
  • Why do you got to get killed? You ain't so little as mice
  • I like to pet nice things with my fingers
  • I tried, Aunt Clara, ma'am. I tried and tried. I couldn' help it
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Curley's Wife

  • She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes heavily made up
  • I'm looking for Curley
  • Jesus, what a tramp
  • I never seen no piece of jail-bait worse that her
  • She's gonna make a mess
  • They left all the weak ones here
  • I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely
  • And all the meanness and the plannings and the discontent were gone from her face. She was very pretty and very simple and her face was sweet and young
  • She caught the dead scent of Curley's wife...she whimpered and cringed to the packing box
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  • Ya see the stable buck's a ******
  • stable buck..ooh sta-able buck!
  • His body was bent...by his crooked spine
  • his lean face was lined
  • he had thin, pain tightened lips
  • Crook was a proud, aloof man
  • if i say something, why, it's just a ****** saying it
  • Every damn one of ems got a little pieces of land in his head
  • I coul get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny
  • Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. He had no personl;aity, no ego - nothing to arouse either like or dislike.
  • A guy gets too lonely an he gets sick
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  • I been around him so much I never notice how he stinks
  • Awright, take 'im
  • I could cook and tend the chickens and *** the garden
  • When they can me I wish'd somebody'd shoot me
  • I won't have no place to go
  • I think i knowed we'd never do her (the dream)
  • You ain't no good now you lousy tart
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  • He hates big guys...kind of like he's mad at em because he ain't a big guy
  • Glove fulla vaseline
  • You seen a girl around here?
  • An' Curley's apnts is just crawlin' with ants
  • This punk sure had it coming to him. But - Jesus - he ain't hardly got no hand left
  • I'll kill the big son of a ***** myself. I'll shoot 'im in the guts.
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  • He moves with a majesty only achieved by royalty
  • The prince of the ranch
  • His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject
  • His hatchet face was ageless
  • His ear heard more than was said to him
  • Maybe ever'body in the whole darn world is scared of each other
  • One lean finger touched her cheek...fingers explored her neck
  • Never mind. A guy got to sometimes.
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