What is the cost of the land George, Lennie and Candy would like to buy in Of Mice and Men? 

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When Lennie and George are talking with Candy, who wants to get into the plan to buy and live off the land, George says that the price of the land would be 600 dollars. 

George says:

Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men

“Well—I could get it for six hundred bucks. The ol’ people that owns it is flat bust an’ the ol’ lady needs an operation. Say—what’s it to you? You got nothing to do with us.”

After the men talk about the possibilities more, they really believe that they can do it. This is owing to the fact that Candy says that he will offer 350 dollars. George enthusiastically says:

Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men

“We got ten bucks between us.” Then he said thoughtfully, “Look, if me an’ Lennie work a month an’ don’t spen’ nothing, we’ll have a hunderd bucks. That’d be four fifty. I bet we could swing her for that. Then you an’ Lennie could go get her started an’ I’d get a job an’ make up the res’, an’ you could sell eggs an’ stuff like that.”

They fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true. George said reverently, “Jesus Christ! I bet we could swing her.” His eyes were full of wonder. “I bet we could swing her,” he repeated softly.

All of this shows not only the price of the land, but also their hope that it can happen. 

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