In his novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck indicates that this conversation has happened many times. Find three quotations from the extracts that show this: what is the significance of this?

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I believe the conversation you are referring to is that which takes place between George and Lennie in chapter 1 when George tells Lennie about why they're different to most itinerant workers and about how they have a future to look forward to. Indeed, during this conversation, Steinbeck writes that George "repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before."

One quotation from this conversation which indicates that it has taken place many times before is when Lennie says, "That's it—that's it. Now tell how it is with us." The phrase, "That's it," implies that Lennie has heard George's words many times before. When Lennie then says, "Now tell how it is with us," the implication is that he knows what is coming next because he has heard George tell him so many times before.

A second quotation that indicates that this conversation has taken place many times before is when George tells Lennie, after one of Lennie's interruptions, that he knows the story already "by heart." The story at this point of the conversation, that Lennie is so eager for George to tell again,...

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