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Crooks is a bit of an outcast in the story because he is black; at least from his point of view this is why he is outcast. Chapter four has Lennie wandering into the barn where Crooks is because all of the other men went into town and Lennie is lonely. At first Crooks takes offense to Lennie's presence, but then he starts thinking how nice it is to have somone around to talk to. He tells Lennie that, "George can tell you screwy things, and it don't matter. It's just the talking. It's just bein' with another guy." Crooks believes that one good thing about George and Lennie is that even if they don't understand eachother all the time, they still always have eachother; someone to listen and talk to. Crooks finishes his rant by saying, "A guy needs somebody - to be near him."
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