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When the rest of the men are at a horseshoe tournament, Curley's wife in Of Mice and Men finds Lennie in the barn with his puppies. She first tells Lennie a bit about her background. She met a man at the Riverside Dance Palace who told her he was going to make her into a movie star. This man told her that when he returned to Hollywood, he would write to her, as she was a natural for pictures. However, as she says, "I never got that letter" (page numbers vary by edition). She says she thinks her mother stole the letter. She met Curley at the dance palace the same night. Curley's wife also confides something to Lennie that she's never told anyone before--she doesn't like Curley. She clearly leads a life of disappointment and discontent, but she feels safe confiding in Lennie. Shortly after she makes these confessions, Lennie mistakenly kills her by breaking her neck in an attempt to quiet her.
Curley's wife tells Lennie how she had dreams and ambitions - first to join a travelling show, then to be a movie star. She reveals that she met Curley the same night that she met the guy who promised to make her a Hollywood star. She implies that as she never got the letter from Hollywood, she married Curley to make her escape. She reveals her dislike of her husband and how trapped she feels with no-one to talk to.
Curley's wife tells Lennie about how she wanted to be an actress and goes into detail about how she could have been. SHe also tells him that she doesn't like her husband. Something that she hasn't before told anyone.
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