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Steinbeck writes

"Candy looked helplessly at him, for Slim's opinions were law."

This reference was made on p. 43, when Slim agrees that Candy should put down his old, crippled dog.  This fits what we know of quiet, well-respected Slim, whose "authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love" (p.31).