In chapter 2 what evidence is there to suggest that the social environment in which the story takes place is one of hostility?

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Candy - "(The boss) was sure burned when you wasn't here this morning. Come right in when we was eatin breakfast and says, 'Where the hell's them new men?' an' he give the stable buck hell, too."

The boss is automatically skeptical about George and Lenny traveling around together, especially since George holds Lenny's work card.

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