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Of Mice And Men Curley Quotes

What are two quotes from Curley in Of Mice and Men?

Two quotes from Curley in Of Mice and Men are "Any of you guys seen my wife?" and "You keep outa this les' you wanta step outside." The first quote is a question Curley often repeats, demonstrating his controlling and obsessive tendencies. The second quote displays Curley's aggressive nature, showing that he is prone to anger and violence.

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Not long after George and Lennie arrive at the ranch, George makes it clear to his friend once again that he should let him do all the talking. Lennie, who trusts George implicitly, goes along. However, this causes difficulty when they meet up with Curley. Curley doesn't understand why it's George who is doing all the talking while Lennie is all clammed-up:

By Christ, he's gotta talk when he's spoke to. What the hell are you gettin' into it for?

Right from their first meeting, it's clear that Curley doesn't understand Lennie or the precise nature of his relationship with George. What's more, he never will, which is no surprise given that Curley is such a narrow-minded individual.

One of Curley's constant refrains is

Any you guys seen my wife?

This quotation is particularly revealing of Curley's character. A jealous, possessive control-freak, he always needs to know exactly where his wife is, and what she's doing. A sexually attractive, alluring young woman, Curley's wife exacerbates her...

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