In Of Mice and Men why does Curley wear a glove on his left hand

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Only married for a couple of weeks, Curley has taken an adolescent bride and, according to Candy, the old swamper, he is now "cockier'n ever since he got married." Now, Candy says, Curley wears a glove on his left hand that is filled with vaseline, which he has purportedly said is to keep his hand soft for his wife.