Lennie wanders into the harness room where Crooks, the black stable hand, 'a proud aloof man', lives. George and the hands have go out on the town.
Crooks talks to Lennie. He allows him into his room and asks him to sit down.
Crooks teases Lennie that George may leave him and becomes frightened by Lennie's response.
Candy joins them and Crooks finds himself almost believing that the dream of the farm may come true.
Curley's wife comes in and when Crooks shows his anger and dislike for her, she threatens him with accusing him of ****** her and having him lynched.
This scene is important became...
This section is almost a rest section before the final climax. Many authors step down the tension a little before a major climax, almost to give the reader a break before a very demanding section.
This section really covers the issue of racial prejudice.
Lennie's anger towards Crooks warns us again that Lennie can be very dangerous, especially when George isn't there to control him and help calm him down.
The harsh injustice of the world is shown by the ease with which Curley's wife can humiliate Crooks.
Loneliness is again emphasized.
He is bitter and cynical person. Most likely due to his poor treatment due to his race and color. Steinbeck uses him as a vehicle to show how very few rights black people have, He reveals that Crooks could be lynched on false accusation. The fact that Curley's wife threatened to do that…