Of Mice And Men

George Milton

  • Slim
  • Smart
  • Looking for work
  • Protective
  • Caring
  • Hard worker
  • Friendly

"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're poundin' their tail on some other ranch. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to." (Pg 14)

"And it'd be our own, an' nobody could can us. If we don't like a guy we can say, 'Get the hell out,' and by God he's got to do it. An' if a fren' come along, why we'd have an extra bunk, an' we'd say, 'Why don't you spen' the night?' An' by God he would." ( ch 3)

Lennie

  • Dumb
  • Likes soft things
  • Big
  • Friends with George
  • What's to tend the rabbits
  • Dies by the hands of George
  • Strong

Lennie looked sadly up at him. "They was so little," he said apologetically. "I’d pet ‘em, and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead—because they was so little. I wish’t we’d get the rabbits pretty soon, George. They ain’t so little." (1.79)

"He was so little," said Lennie. "I was jus playin’ with him… an’ he made like he’s gonna bite me… an’ I made like I was gonna smack him … an’… an’ I done it. An’ then he was dead. She consoled him. "Don’t you worry none. He was jus’ a mutt. You can get another one easy. The whole country is fulla mutts." (5.25-26)

Slim

  • Prince of the ranch
  • Ageless
  • Good looking
  • Smart
  • Girls like him
  • Curleys wife likes him
  • Cool with George and lennie

Slim looked through George and beyond him. "Ain't many guys travel around together," he mused. "I don't know why. Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other." (2.179)

Slim had not moved. His calm eyes followed Lennie out of the door. "Jesus," he said. "He's jes' like a kid, ain't he.""Sure, he's jes like a kid. There ain't no more harm in him than a kid neither, except he's so strong." (3.44-45)

Candy

  • Old
  • Swamper
  • Been there for a while
  • Has a Old dog
  • Cool with George and lennie
  • Belives in there dreams
  • Hates Curley wife

The old man [Candy] squirmed uncomfortably. "Well-hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him." He said proudly, "You wouldn't think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen." (3.56)

And when they were gone, Candy squatted down in the hay and watched the face of Curley's wife. "Poor bastard," he said softly. (5.112)

Curley

  • Good fighter
  • Keeps his had with vassaline 😏😏
  • Hates big dudes
  • Has a dead wife
  • Wants to kill lennie
  • Dads the boss
  • Broken hand ( caused by lennie )

I’ll try to catch him," said Curley. His eyes passed over the new men and he stopped. He glanced coldly at George and then at Lennie. His arms gradually bent at the elbows and his hands closed into fists. He stiffened and went into a slight crouch. His glance was at once calculating and pugnacious. Lennie squirmed under the look and shifted his feet nervously. Curley stepped gingerly close to him. "You the new guys the old man was waitin’ for?" (2.74)

Crooks

  • Black
  • Has a bad back
  • Back is hunched
  • Scared of lennie at first then Is cool with him
  • Has his own room
  • He is neat
  • Reads books

Crooks scowled, but Lennie's disarming smile defeated him. "Come on in and set a while," Crooks said. "'Long as you won't get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down." His tone was a little more friendly. (4.22)

"I was born right here in Southern California. My old man had a chicken ranch, ‘bout ten acres. The white kids come to play at our place, an’ sometimes I went to play with them, and some of them was pretty nice. My ‘ol man didn’t like that. I never knew till long later why he didn’t like that. But I know now." He hesitated, and when he spoke again his voice was softer. "There wasn’t another colored family for miles around. And now there ain’t a colored man on this ranch an’ there’s jus’ one family in Soledad." (4.37)

Curleys Wife

  • Has the eye
  • Flirts with guys
  • Dies by Lennie
  • Married to curley
  • Wants to be a actor
  • Has soft hair
  • Doesn't want to be with Curley

"I tell you I ain't used to livin' like this. I coulda made somethin' of myself." She said darkly, "Maybe I will yet." And then her words tumbled out in a passion of communication, as though she hurried before her listener could be taken away. "I lived right in Salinas," she said. "Come there when I was a kid. Well, a show come through, an' I met one of the actors. He says I could go with that show. But my ol' lady wouldn' let me. She says because I was on'y fifteen. But the guy says I coulda. If I'd went, I wouldn't be livin' like this, you bet." (5.34)

"They left all the weak ones here," she said finally. (4.92)

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