Of Mice and Men Questions and Answers
by John Steinbeck

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George remarks that he continually has to get Lennie out of trouble. What things does he say to Lennie that lead one to believe he expects trouble?

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It sounds like you want some exact quotes of George insinuating that Lennie has been trouble in the past. George frequently does this in the first chapter. Steinbeck develops their relationship by allowing George to reveal these little tidbits. These tidbits paint George as extremely responsible, but cynical, and abrasive, but committed:

"Think I'd let you carry your own workcard?" (5)

"An' you aint gonna do no bad things like you done in Weed, neither." (6)

"God you'reĀ  a lot of trouble" said George "I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn't have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl." (6-7)

Each of these quotes demonstrates a certain ability of George to guilt-trip Lennie. It seems as if these roll right off of Lennie in the beginning of the chapter, but as the chapter moves along, Lennie becomes a little more sensitive, demonstrating he has the capacity to understand the trouble he regularly causes George.

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