In Chapter 4, what does Candy say to Crooks and Lennie about the dream of the land? What is Steinbeck saying about economic exploitation?

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This section of the novel comes after Lennie has entered Crooks' room and told him about the dream of owning a piece of the land and, of course, the rabbits. Crooks is cruelly dismissive of Lennie's dream, and torments Lennie with different ways of how it might not work out, But then Candy comes in, wanting to speak to Lennie, having thought carefully about it. He is fiercely passionate and possessive of this dream as he declares to Crooks in response to his doubt:

"But we gonna do it now, and don't make no mistake about hat. George ain't got the money in town. That money's in teh bank. Me an' Lennie an' George. We gonna have a room to ourself. We're gonna have a dog an' rabbits an' chickens. We're gonna have green corn an' maybe a cow or a goat."

Candy's speech is so compelling that it even manages to convince Crooks that they are going to achieve it, so he decides to "buy in" on the scheme as well.