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What does Curley think about George and Lennie traveling together in "Of Mice and...

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heutsche101 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 12, 2008 at 12:27 PM via web

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What does Curley think about George and Lennie traveling together in "Of Mice and Men"?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 12, 2008 at 2:44 PM (Answer #1)

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When George tells Curley that he and Lennie travel together, Curley responds with the sardonic comment, "Oh, so it's that way".  Like his father, Curley is suspicious of George's motives, insinuating that perhaps George is taking advantage of the less intelligent Lennie in some way, using him by having him work, then taking his wages, for example.  Curley's father expresses the feeling behind Curley's suspicions more clearly by observing that ordinarily a man doesn't "take so much trouble for another guy".  In the world of itinerant ranch workers, men look out for themeselves first, and usually avoid making lasting connections with other men. 

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