Who is Curley's wife supposedly having an affair with?

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Curley’s wife is a tease.  Even though she and Curley have just been married, she seems to be looking for an affair.  Ranch gossip seems to be that Slim or Carlson might be the one she is having an affair with.  When George and Lennie join the ranch, the old man Candy is more than happy to share the juicy tidbits.

“I seen her give Slim the eye. Slim’s a jerkline skinner. Hell of a nice fella.  Slim don’t need to wear no high-heeled boots on a grain team. I seen her give Slim the eye. Curley never seen it. An’ I seen her give Carlson the eye.” (ch 2)

Curley’s wife is described as having “the eye” and looking at other men.  Slim is described as a “big tall skinner” and they do seem friendly.

Slim’s voice came through the door. “Hi, Good-lookin’.”

“I’m tryin’ to find Curley, Slim.”

“Well, you ain’t tryin’ very hard. I seen him goin’ in your house.” (ch 2)

She gets nervous and leaves when she finds out that Curley was headed for her house.  She doesn’t seem to be looking for him after all.  She uses looking for him as an excuse to talk to other men.

 

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