How does Curley's wife entice Lennie to touch her?

Curley's wife lets Lennie touch her hair to see how soft it is right after they discuss their shared love for petting soft things.

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In chapter five, Curley's wife enters the barn, where she befriends Lennie , who is reluctant to talk to her. After Curley's wife laments about her lonely, unfulfilling life on the ranch, she listens as Lennie elaborates on his love for rabbits and dreams of taking care of them on...

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In chapter five, Curley's wife enters the barn, where she befriends Lennie, who is reluctant to talk to her. After Curley's wife laments about her lonely, unfulfilling life on the ranch, she listens as Lennie elaborates on his love for rabbits and dreams of taking care of them on his future homestead. When Curley's wife asks Lennie why he is so infatuated with rabbits, he proceeds to tell her that he enjoys petting "nice things." Lennie also admits to enjoying the texture of velvet and Curley's wife begins to comment on the softness of her hair. In an effort to carry on a conversation with Lennie and make him feel more comfortable, Curley's wife takes Lennie's hand and encourages him to pet her soft hair. One could infer that Curley's wife believes that allowing Lennie to pet her hair will open him up and she will gain a much-needed friend on the ranch. She also knows that Lennie will enjoy touching her fine hair since he has an affinity for petting soft things. Unfortunately, Lennie begins to stroke her hair too hard and ends up breaking her neck when she frantically attempts to escape his grip.

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Curley's wife lets Lennie touch her hair to see how soft it is. This moment is preceded by the two talking about their love of soft things, such as furry animals and velvet. Lennie brought this up when mentioning how he loves to pet animals, such as the mouse he had in his pocket before George made him discard it or the puppy he accidentally killed just before Curley's wife walked inside the barn.

Curley's wife also loves petting soft things and mentions that sometimes she likes to stroke her own hair. She allows Lennie to stroke her hair just to see how soft it is, but when he does not stop, she starts shouting that he'll ruin her hairstyle.

Unfortunately, Lennie is unable to stop, first because he does not want to (and cannot understand why he should) and then because Curley's wife frightens him with her shouting. He is terrified of getting in trouble with his friend George, who told him not to talk to Curley's wife under any circumstances. In a panic and unaware of his own strength, Lennie accidentally breaks her neck when trying to silence her. Ironically for both Lennie and Curley's wife, their one moment of human connection leads to both of their deaths.

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