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In Chapter 2 of the John Steinbeck novel, Of Mice and Men, Slim could be described as, conscientious, reflective, and empathetic. There is no doubt that he is a skilled and conscientious worker. In fact, he has the ranches ear--when he talks everyone listens, so he is one of the most respected men on the ranch. In chapter two, he can also be seen as reflective sense he recognizes the bond between George and Lennie. The protectiveness with which they watch out for each other is admirable in his eyes. His empathy is exhibited in many ways. His comments to George, Lennie, and the other men, and also his willingness to dispose of some of his puppies because he knows the mama dog won’t be able to care for all of them. While this might seem cruel it is meant to be compassionate.
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