In "Of Mice and Men", what are some good quotes that have to deal with George caring for Lennie?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Early in "Of Mice and Men" the reader perceives that the role of George is not simply friend, but of an older brother to Lennie.  George patronizes Lennie, but in a caring way.  He teaches Lennie their slogan:  "But not us! an' why?  because...I got you to look after me, and you go me to look after you, and that's why"  They are going to "live off the fatta the lan'...an' have rabbits..." and a vegetable patch.  George plans for the future  include Lennie.

If Lennie gets into trouble, George instructs him,"Get into the brush till I come for you."  When Lennie and George are hired, he cautions Lennie, "keep your big flapper shut...be careful."  He warns Lennie not to speak to Curley:  "Just don't have nothing to do with him.  Will you remember?" George fears for Lennie because before Lennie has caused them to be fired, he has engaged in fights, and broken things.  Yet, like a brother, George tells Lennie that if Curley comes at him, to "let 'im have it."

 George speaks proudly of Lennie, when he is complimented as a good worker, " Jus'tell Lennie what to do an' he'll do it if it dont' ...he sure can take orders." When Slim says that it is odd that they go around together, George demurs, "Got kinda used to each other..."

Right before the "mercy" killing of Lennie, George declares, "I ain't mad.  That's a thing I want ya to know."

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