George find it easy to confide in Slim. How are Slim's eyes described?no

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teachersage eNotes educator| Certified Educator

George finds it easy to confide in Slim because Slim really sees and engages with people. He is described more than once as "gentle," but he is also a strong, competent, and respected figure on the ranch. 

His ear heard more than was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought. His hands, large and lean, were as delicate in their action as those of a temple dancer.

He contrasts with the self-absorbed Curley. For example, Slim's kind eyes really perceive. They are repeatedly described as "calm," in other words, as eyes that take the time to understand a person and deliberate on him. They are also "level" and "God-like." On the other hand, we learn of Curley that:

His eyes passed over the new men and he stopped. He glanced coldly at George and then at Lennie. 

Slim, from the start, wants to know about George and Lennie, and he almost instantly perceives that it is highly unusual for two migrant workers to share such a close friendship. He communicates to George that he approves of the friendship and of George's kindness to his friend. 


brendawm eNotes educator| Certified Educator

George finds it easy to confide in Slim because he alone seems to have the ability to see and understand more than what is said or seen on the surface.  Slim seems to be an old soul, one that has gone through many events in his life and can therefore understand hard times and events as they happen to others.  He has "God-like eyes" that invite trust and demonstrate compassion.  George knows that he can trust Slim because he is kind and perceptive.  Slim is actually the main hero of the novel.

allyson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Slim is introduced to the reader as having a "gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke. His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love." Slim is both liked and respected by everyone on the ranch. As George confides in Slim about what happened in Weed, it says that Slim's eyes were "level and unwinking." He is concentrating on George's tale and his eyes proves that he is trustworthy.