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George and Lennie are childhood acquaintences/friends, but not relatives. They are migrant workers trying to fulfill a dream of owning their own land/farm. George has looked after Lennie since Lennie's aunt passed away. Lennie is large with wide shoulders. He has the strength of two men, but the mental capacity of a child. Steinbeck refers to Lennie's hands as paws frequently in the novel. George is much smaller in stature compared with Lennie. He is a good worker, fairly intelligent, and definitely the leader of this duo. He serves in the role of caretaker. The relationship between George and Lennie is almost one of father/son or big brother/younger brother.
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