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In Of Mice and Men, why does Curley wear a work glove on his left hand?

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dominicanpro | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 28, 2008 at 12:06 PM via web

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In Of Mice and Men, why does Curley wear a work glove on his left hand?

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mrssmith | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted October 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM (Answer #4)

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Candy says that the glove is full of vaseline, and that Curley says that he's keeping the hand soft for his wife.  George says that is a dirty thing to tell around.  Presumably, Curley is keeping his hand soft for a sex act with his wife.  Later in the same chapter, George mentions the glove again, and theorizes that Curley is probably eating raw eggs and ordering patent medicines through mail order, presumably to build his sexual stamina.  The overall implication is that Curley's wife is accustomed to frequent and varied intercourse, and that Curley is struggling to meet her demands.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM (Answer #6)

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His is is full of vaseline and he does it to keep his hand soft for his wife.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM (Answer #7)

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The glove is full of Vaseline to keep his left hand soft for his wife. As to what purpose... it is for intercourse with his diet and medicine.

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maria-vivanco | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM (Answer #8)

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The hand is full of Vaseline and he says  that he keeps it soft for his wife.  This is presumably a dirty thing to tell around because he's keeping it soft for his wife (aka to have sex). Later on, George mentions the glove again and suggests that Curley is probably eating raw eggs, (to build his sexual stamina.) Curley's wife is accustomed to various sex and Curley is struggling to keep up with her demand. 

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nisarg | Student, Kindergarten | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM (Answer #9)

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He keeps it full of Vaseline to keep it soft presumably for a sexual act with his wife.

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starryeyed786 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM (Answer #5)

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Is an explanation really needed? It is so obvious!

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 6, 2014 at 7:38 AM (Answer #10)

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Curley's left glove is full of Vaseline because he said he wants to keep his hand soft for his wife

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM (Answer #11)

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He does it to keep his hands soft for his wife.

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taangerine | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM (Answer #12)

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In "Of Mice and Men", Curley wears a work glove on his left hand to keep them soft. 

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momo123 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 29, 2008 at 1:58 AM (Answer #2)

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Curlys left glove is full of vasiline, it is said that he likes to keep that hand soft for his wife.

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kyerumption | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 7, 2008 at 4:52 AM (Answer #3)

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Curly's wife mentions that Curly was a boxer. He keeps that hand protected by Vaseline and a glove to preserve it (think David Duchovny's character in Zoolander, if you've seen that movie). For Curly, that hand (symbolizing his boxing career), is a mark of excellence and dominance and he uses it to bolster his reputation as tough-guy on the ranch.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 28, 2008 at 2:07 PM (Answer #1)

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According to Candy, Curley keeps his left hand covered with Vasoline so it will be soft for his wife. He needs the glove to keep the Vasoline on his hand. Odd, isn't it????

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