Describe the fight between the stable buck and Smitty.  

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is not much to say about the fight, as it is described in a few sentences.  However, the context is significant.  Let me start off with the appropriate text.

“Yes sir. Jesus, we had fun. They let the nigger come in that night. Little skinner name of Smitty took after the nigger. Done pretty good, too. The guys wouldn’t let him use his feet, so the nigger got him. If he coulda used his feet, Smitty says he woulda killed the nigger. The guys said on account of the nigger’s got a crooked back, Smitty can’t use his feet.”

According to Candy (who is also speaking these words), during Christmas the boss gave a gallon of whiskey to the men.  During that revelry, they let Crooks into the company of men. Apparently it was there that Smitty and Crooks got into a fight. However, the fight was regulated.  Being that Crooks could not use his back, the men said that Smitty could not use his feet.  Crooks won the fight.  However, Smitty said that if he the use of his feet, he would have won. 

This shows the sheer racism on the ranch.  For the amusement of the men, they make Crooks, the black man, fight.  Also no wonder Crooks feels so alienated on the ranch.