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How does Slim react to Lennie and George traveling together in Of Mice and Men?
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Initially, the boss is suspicious when he learns that Lennie and George travel together. George tells the boss that he and Lennie are cousins and that Lennie was kicked in the head by a horse. The boss is still suspicious, wondering if George is taking Lennie's pay. He warns George not to try to get away with anything like this.
When Slim first asks if George and Lennie travel together, his tone is "friendly" and "inviting." George adds that Lennie is a great worker and Slim appreciates the sentiment. George tells Slim that they look after each other and Slim, unlike the boss, seems to understand and appreciate this:
"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."
Posted by amarang9 on October 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM (Answer #2)
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At first, Slim is surprised. Men travelling together, looking after one another, was not a common occurence and seemed to inspire suspicion from others:
Slim moved back slightly so the light was not on his face. "Funny how you an' him string along together." It was Slim's calm invitation to confidence.
"What's funny about it?" George demanded defensively.
"Oh, I dunno. Hardly none of the guys ever travel a stogether. I hardly never seen two guys travel together. You know how hands are, they just come in and get their bunk and work a month, and then they quit and go out alone. Never seem to give a damn about nobody. It jus' seems funny a a cuckoo like him and smart little guy like you travelin' together."
Slim is impressed with the men's enduring friendship and George's devotion to Lennie.
Posted by mcfox1948 on October 25, 2013 at 2:29 AM (Answer #3)
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