What is Candy's attitude towards other characters in the book Of Mice and Men?

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Candy is generally welcoming to all characters. As the man who greets George and Lennie, he is especially kind and informative. His congenial behavior suggests he longs for friends and is therefore approving of George and Lennie from the beginning. As the story continues and he learns of their dream, he is anxious to join and willing to offer a great sum of money to join their idea.

Candy classifies Curley's wife as a tart. He does not trust her and warns other men of her flirtatious behavior.

When Candy's dog smells up the bunkhouse because he is old, Carlson encourages that it is time for the dog to be put to sleep. Candy disagrees, but reluctantly allows Carlson to take care of this situation to maintain his relationships with the entire group. Although it hurts him greatly, he makes this sacrifice to maintain the guys' respect.

Candy does not like Curley, the boss' son. He thinks Curley is mean and that he's pretty "handy". What he means is that Curley is pretty good in a fight.