In the book, Of Mice and Men, 1)in what ways is George protective of Lennie? 2) How does George threaten Lennie?These are the questions I am unclear about.

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Whenever Lennie unknowingly does something that ends up hurting another person or living thing, George covers for him and moves him out of the line of fire. George also stands up for Lennie when others are making fun of him or talking down to him. George keeps people from being able to take advantage of Lennie's mental disabilities. George also repeatedly threatens to leave Lennie and not look after him. He tells Lennie on several occasions that he will not let Lennie have rabbits on their farm if Lennie keeps messing things up. Mostly, it is apparent that these are empty threats. George seems to have no intention of actually leaving Lennie.