What are the differences and similarities between Lennie and Curley's wife in "Of Mice and Men"?

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I had to cut down the original question text, as there were multiple questions present.  They are all real interesting and I encourage you to repost them separately.  In my mind, I think that Lennie and Curley's wife being along at the start of Chapter 5 is significant because it brings together two fairly sad creatures in one instant.  Lennie's hopes of a life where he can "tend the rabbits" and be surrounding with creature that allow him to enjoy a state of being in the world are set against Curley's wife's dream of being in...

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