In Chapter 2 in "Of Mice and Men", what opinions do George and Lennie have of Curley's wife?

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lennie is captivated by Curley's wife's beauty.  His "eyes (move) down over her body", and he watches her, "fascinated".  Lenny comments, "she's purty", and even when she is gone, "stare(s) at the doorway where she had been..."admiringly".  His unabashed amazement at Curley's wife's comeliness is childlike and innocent, and lacking lewd intent. 

George, being more perceptive that Lennie, sees that Curley's wife is "a tramp".  He notices her flirtatious demeanor, and recognizes that the way she "lean(s) against the door frame so that her body (is) thrown forward" as she speaks is provacative and inappropriate, especially for one newly married.  George astutely foresees that Curley's wife has the potential to cause a lot of trouble.  He warns Lennie, "Don't you even take a look at that bitch...I seen 'em poison before, but I never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her" (Chapter 2).

dbrooks22 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 2, Curly’s wife comes in to the bunkhouse supposedly looking for Curly.  Lennie is immediately awed by her beauty. George, on the other hand, sees that she is only there to tantalize the men because she knows she is beautiful. He tells Lennie that she is trouble and to stay away from her.