How does Candy describe the boss, owner of the ranch?

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To answer this question, take a look at chapter two, when George and Lennie arrive at the ranch. What you'll notice about Candy's description of the boss is that it is both positive and negative.

For example, Candy mentions that the boss was very mad about George and Lennie not arriving at the ranch in time. He also says that the boss often gives Crooks "hell" whenever he is mad. This suggests that the boss is not a particularly nice person and that he is racist.

However, Candy also says that the boss is a "pretty nice fella." To support this idea, Candy tells George and Lennie that at Christmas, he gave the men a gallon of whisky as a gift and even let Crooks come into the bunkhouse.

Based on Candy's description, then, the boss is portrayed as being kind toward the men at Christmas but having a bad temper, which is frequently felt by Crooks—the only black man on the ranch.

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Candy describes the boss as a “nice feller, but “You got to take him right” (chapter 2).

Candy tells George and Lennie that the Boss was angry that they were not on time, but is a good man even though he gets mad.

“Well, he’s a pretty nice fella. Gets pretty mad sometimes, but he’s pretty nice. Tell ya what—know what he done Christmas? Brang a gallon of whisky right in here and says, ‘Drink hearty, boys. Christmas comes but once a year.’” (chapter 2)

The boss is shrewd and suspicious.  He wants to know why George speaks for Lennie, and warns the men not to try to pull anything over on him.

“All right. But don’t try to put nothing over, ‘cause you can’t get away with nothing. I seen wise guys before.” (chapter 2)

There are many indications in the first chapter that the boss has a quick temper, but otherwise does seem to care somewhat about the men.



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