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In his novella Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck has created a memorable character in George. In chapter 1, George starts out being patient as he prompts Lennie to drink slowly so he won’t get sick from drinking too much too fast. Later he becomes impatient as he reminds Lennie of problems that Lennie and his behavior have caused them. As might be expected of a man in George’s situation, George becomes increasingly angry with Lennie’s character for reasons as diverse as asking for ketchup to once again unintentionally killing a small animal. By the end of the chapter George has recovered his calm, and he soothes Lennie by reminding them of their plan to buy their own place.
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