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Steinbeck shows Curley's wife's prejudice during the time she visits Crook's room to talk to Candy and Lennie. Crooks, who is Black, asks Curley's wife to leave his room. She angrily replies that he has no right to ask her to leave because she could easily have him lynched. Candy retorts that no one would believe her but Crooks, knowing she is right, quickly backs off. It is Candy, who is white, who finally gets her to leave by telling her the other ranch hands have returned to the ranch.
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