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In Of Mice and Men, what is 'Old Susy's Place' and what does purpose does it serve in...

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adamp0809 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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In Of Mice and Men, what is 'Old Susy's Place' and what does purpose does it serve in the novel?

 

Also, how does Candy react to the gunshot and Carlson cleaning his gun?

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

Posted February 7, 2009 at 3:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Susy's Place is one of the reasons most of the men do not have a lot of money saved. It is a house of prostitution where the men go every payday to drink and carouse. They usually end of spending most of their money there instead of saving it. George has gone into the town with the rest of the men and probably spent most of his money when Lennie talks to Crooks about their dream of a farm. Since Candy hasn't gone to Susy's either, and hasn't wasted his money on other things, he still has the $500 he received when his hand was cut off. This makes the dream of George and Lennie's farm seem closer to reality. That's why George says he and Lennie will start saving their money, too ( No more trips to Susy's).

After Carlson shoots Candy's dog, Candy reacts by saying he should have killed the dog himself, not let a stranger do it. This foreshadows an event later in the novel.

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