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Steinbeck's description of the Salinas Valley to open and close the novel might be considered a memorable quote. If nothing else, it represents how much detail and technical skill that Steinbeck demonstrates in his construction of the setting of the novel. Another memorable quote would have to be George's speech to Lennie about how "Guys like us" are different from others. In this would be Lennie's "living offa the fatta lan'" as showing how strong the bond between both men are. It represents how both of them demonstrate solidarity in a world that is devoid of it. Slim's statement about how this is lacking is also memorable:
“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.”
Along these lines would be Lennie's variations on the basic quote of "tending the rabbits." This is significant and memorable because it is constant throughout the novel, helping to provide a sense of cadence and structure through it despite the changes that take place throughout it. Candy's statement of desperation and loneliness is also significant. When he remarks that he "should have shot him myself," as a statement about what he should have done regarding the treatment of his dog, it serves as a reminder of how much companionship and love is needed, more so in a setting absent of it. Carlson's closing quote might be memorable because it is a statement about how rare the friendship experienced in the world actually is:
Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin' them two guys?
Such a line becomes a statement on how most of the world struggles to understand the pain and difficulty that exists when people care for one another and love one another.
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