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This chapter is cyclical in nature, and foreshadows the inability all the characters will have in breaking free from the world they have grown into. Crooks begins and ends the chapter sitting on his bed, rubbing linament on his back. The chapter evolves from isolated men becoming comfortable with one another and starting to dream about the future, and ends in the men being isolated again, as a result of the interactions with Curley, the symbol of leadership. Crooks realizes he could never go and live on a farm with Lennie and George because he can not be a part of the white world.
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