What aspects of the description of Slim in "Of Mice and Mean" that indicate that he has a marked affect on other people?

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clane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Probably the best description of Slim's effect on people would be his "god-like eyes". Obviously if he is being compared to a deity, he has a marked impression on the people he meets. The men look up to him and see him on an elevated plain, like a god. When Slim first enters the novel he is described very regally." . . . he moved with a majesty only achieved by royalty and master craftsmen . . . the prince of the ranch . . ." He has a way of drawing all the attention in the room without saying a word. He is the hardest worker on the farm, he takes his time when he answers people, which shows the thought he gives to people's questions. He has a silent depth to him that the others don't really understand, but the appreciate it more than they can put into words. "He might have been thirty-five or fifty. His ear heard more than was said to him and his slow speech had overtones of . . . understanding beyond thought."He commands respect every time he enters a room and people listen when he talks. George is especially affected by his presence after he kills Lennie because Slim is the only one who understands why he had to do what he did.

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