Of Mice and Men – Section Two


George and Lennie arrive at the ranch.

We meet the other characters.

George realises the threats here are Curley and Curley’s wife, for different reasons.

The bunk house:

  • Whitewashed
  • Small square windows
  • Eight bunks
  • Apple boxes for shelves
  • Small articles: soap, razors, talc, Western magazines, medicines, combs, ties
  • Square table, boxes to sit on, laying cards


  • Fastidious –picky! – about hygiene, likes neatness,
  • Protective of Lennie against boss and Curley
  • Takes out his anger on Lennie ‘Damn near lost us the job.


  • Little, stocky, jeans, waistcoat, black jacket, belt and big square buckle, soiled Stetson, high heeled boots and spurs ‘to prove he was not a labouring man.’


  • Young, thin brown face, tightly curled hair, glove filled with vaseline, high heeled boots like the boss
  • He stiffened and went into a slight crouch. His glance at once calculating and pugnacious (aggressive)’
  • Ex-boxer, hates big guys, scrappy ‘Curley ain’t givin’ nobody a chance.’

Candy – the swamper

  • One handed, old, lonely ‘a guy on a ranch don’t never listen nor he don’t ast no questions.’
  • Drag-footed sheep dog, grey muzzles and blind old eyes, lame; had the dog since he was a pup, good sheep dog then.

Curley’s wife

  • A ‘tart‘; girl; full rouged lips, wide spaced eyes, heavily made up, red nails, hair in tight curls; red slippers with feathers on
  • Stands against the door frame, hands behind thrusting her body forward (provocatively)
  • Afraid of Curley? ‘she was suddenly apprehensive.’
  • purty‘ Lennie calls her.


  • Admired Curley’s wife ‘gosh she was purty.’
  • Picks up on atmospheres; ‘Let’s go George… it’s mean here.


  • Moved with a majesty only achieved by royalty, prince of the ranch, a gravity in his manner, people stopped talking to listen to him, authoritative, ageless face, slow thoughtful speech, delicate hands
  • He looked kindly at the two new comers ‘hope you get on my team.’
  • Tone friendly, invited confidence.’
  • Pragmatic (practical) drowned 4 of the pups because his dog ‘couldn’t feed that many.’


  • Powerful, big stomached
  • Mean ‘why’n’t you get Candy to shoot his old dog


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