What is a specific quote that states the point that Crooks really is lonely in "Of Mice and Men"?I found one quote that states the point that Crooks really is lonely, but I'm trying to...

What is a specific quote that states the point that Crooks really is lonely in "Of Mice and Men"?

I found one quote that states the point that Crooks really is lonely, but I'm trying to find a better one that's more specific.

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Crooks talks about loneliness in Chapter 4.  He says to Lennie,

"Maybe you can see now.  You got George.  You know he's goin' to come back.  S'pose you didn't have nobody.  S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black.  How'd you like that?  S'pose you had to sit out here and read books...Books ain't no good.  A guy needs somebody - to be near him".

Crooks goes on to say,

"A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody.  Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you.  I tell ya...I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick".

Crooks then states directly that he is describing his own alienation and loneliness.  He says,

"I didn't mean to scare you...I was talkin' about myself.  A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin' books or thinkin' or stuff like that.  Sometimes he gets thinkin', an' he got nothing to tell him what's so an' what ain't or not.  Maybe if he sees somethin', he don't know whether it's right or not.  He can't turn to some other guy and ast him if he sees it too...If some guy was with me...then it would be all right.  But I jus' don't know..." (Chapter 4).