Of Mice and Men- Quote Bank

quotes for main characters for of mice and men

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  • 'small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features'
  • 'if i was alone i could live so easy'
  • 'i seen the guys that go round on their own. that ain't no good. they dont have no fun. after a long time they get mean.'
  • 'you keep away from Curley, Lennie'
  • 'you neva oughta drink water when it ain't running'
  • 'give it here!' lennie's closed hand slowly obeyed
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  • 'a huge man, shapeles of face... and he walked heavily... the way a bear drags his paws. his arms...hung loosely'
  • Lennis dabbled his big paws in the water'
  • 'come on George. tell me. please, george. like you done before'
  • '[lennie] can put up more grain alone that most pairs can'
  • 'he's so damn strong you know'
  • 'sure he's jes' like a kid'
  • 'i didnt want no trouble'
  • 'i done a real bad thing...i shouldn't have did that. George'll be mad.'
  • 'i get to tend the rabbits'
  • 'i didnt forget... hide in the brush and wait for george'
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  • 'nice fella too. got a crooked back where a horse kicked him. the boss gives him hell when he's mad. but the stable buck dont give a damn about that. he reads a lot. got books in his room'
  • 'crooks was a proud aloof man'
  • 'a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the california civil code'
  • 'thin, pain tightened lips'
  • 'i aint wanted in the bunk house...'cause i'm black'
  • 'i had enough... you got no rights comin' in a coloured man's room'
  • 'Crooks reduced himself to nothing. there was no personality, no ego- nothing to arouse either like or dislike'
  • 'nobody gets no heaven and nobody gets no land'
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  • 'tall, stoop shouldered old man'
  • 'the old swamper'
  • 'the swamper warmed to his gossip'
  • 'i aint much good with only one hand. i lost my hand right here on this ranch. that's why they give me a job swamping'
  • 'he leaned forward eagerly. 's'pose i went in with you guys.' 
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Curley's wife

  • 'she had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. her fingernails were red. her hair rung in little rolled clusters, like sausages'
  • 'think i'm gonna stay in that two-by-four house and listen how Curley's gonna lead with his left twice, and then bring in ol' right cross'
  • 'you know what i can do to you if you open your trap?'
  • 'he says he was gonna put me in the movies'
  • 'she was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young'
  • she said 'playfully'
  • ' she put her hands on her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward'
  • the rectange on sunshine in the doorway was cut off'
  • 'dont even take a look at that *****'
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  • 'he hates big guys. he's alla time picking scraps with big guys. kind of like he's mad at 'em because he aint a big guy'
  • 'curley says he's keeping his hand soft for his wife'
  • 'lennie squirmed up the look and shifted his feet nervously'
  • 'his arms gradually bent at the elbows and his hands closed into fists'
  • 'won't ever get canned 'cause his old man's the boss'
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  • 'God like eyes'
  • 'moved with majesty'  and moves 'like a temple dancer'
  • 'understanding beyond thought'
  • 'he ain't mean... i can see Lennie aint a bit mean'
  • 'there was gravity in his manner'
  • slim came directly to George and sat down beside him, sat very close to him
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you could say that the 4th and the last bullet point are evidence of 'authorititarian power from george to lennie' but other than that, the points were very helpful. thank you :)

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