You do bad things and I got to get you out. On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones. We then meet Crooks briefly: 'The door opened quietly and the stable buck put in his head; a lean negro head, lined with pain, the eyes patient. Lennie, liking to pet soft things, petted a girl's dress. Despite the so-called camaraderie that exists on the ranch, everybody's looking for dirt on someone else. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. It may not be very fair or just for someone like Lennie to pound on a little guy like Curley—but it's also not fair of Curley to provoke Lennie, knowing that Lennie's going to get in trouble for not picking on someone his own size.
George says, 'I socked him over the head with a fence picket to make him let go. Analysis: Curley's wife's declaration regarding the men on the ranch highlight the survival of the fittest theme in the novel. Lennie is concerned that George will be too mad at him to let him tend the rabbits, but George tells him it was not his fault. Foreshadowing is a literary device that uses clues in the text to subtly let the reader know what's going to happen. Analysis: Crooks explains to Lennie the effects of loneliness.
Both Candy and George are separated from loneliness throughout the story by their companion, and both are hesitant to kill their companion, even for his own good. They're all the time talkin' about it, but it's jus' in their head 81. We are given some foreshadowing in this chapter of what will happen at the end with three incidents: the story of how Lennie was nearly lynched in Weed, the incident with Candy's dog and how Carlson kills him, and the fight in which we find out how strong Lennie is when he crushes Curley's hand. Candy admits to George, 'I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. There was no personality, no ego--nothing to arouse either like or dislike. The men are shocked by Lennie's strength and Curley's now-mangled hand and realize they need to get him to a doctor. And he's so God damn strong, you know.
They'll tie ya up with a collar, like a dog. After a long time they get mean. Quote: Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. He's only referred to as Candy's dog and described as old, crippled.
Candy, unlike the others, displays an interest in others and hope for the future. George says he knew Lennie's aunt, and after she died, Lennie started following him wherever he went. I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I got old an' a cripple. You got no rights messing around in here at all. The thing is, they're talkin', or they're settin' still not talkin'. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to. The novel 'Of Mice and Men' is relatively short.
There won't be a damn thing left to eat. George explains that he let Lennie do this because he enjoyed playing tricks on Lennie, but stopped doing this after he told him to go jump into the Sacramento River -- and Lennie listened. Ever' one of you's scared the rest is goin' to get something on you 85. Here, George relates that loneliness is responsible for much of that suffering, a theory supported by many of the secondary characters. I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs 60. The old handyman, aging and left with only one hand as the result of an accident, worries that the boss will soon declare him useless and demand that he leave the ranch. Lennie now spends most of his time in the barn petting the puppy.
George holds true to his description of friendship, despite the occasional outburst, by continually getting Lennie out of trouble. George reminds Lennie that they are extremely lucky to have each other since most men do not enjoy this comfort, especially men like George and Lennie, who exist on the margins of society. Candy takes interest in this and offers to contribute his money so they can all get the farm together, to which George reluctantly agrees. Candy's dog also represents a symbol for what happened to Lennie. Jus' say, 'We'll go to her,' an' we would. Toward the end of Section 1, before George and Lennie reach the ranch, they camp for the night in a beautiful clearing and George assures Lennie of their special relationship.
In John Steinbeck's 1937 novella Of Mice and Men, we are first introduced to Candy when George and Lennie move into the bunkhouse on the ranch and immediately feel sorry for Candy, who's described as a 'tall, stoop-shouldered old man' who is missing his right hand from an accident on the ranch. For a brief time, however, the dream of living out his days with George and Lennie on their dream farm distracts Candy from this harsh reality. Their thematic link makes his eagerness to join George and Lennie in their farm life natural and understandable. Jus' milk the cow and sling some grain to the chickens an' go to her Lichtenstein, Jesse. An' that ain't the worst. They don't belong no place.