What is a time Crooks feels frustration, anger, relief, loneliness, fear, and humiliation in the book Of Mice and Men?
At the beginning of chapter 4, Lennie enters Crooks's room, which initially upsets and frustrates Crooks. Crooks tells Lennie, "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me" (Steinbeck, 33). Crooks then begins to bully Lennie by telling him that George might not return. After Lennie becomes extremely angry and threatening, Crooks realizes his mistake and reveals the cause of his pessimistic nature. Crooks laments his difficult situation and reveals his loneliness by saying,
"S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody to be near him . . . A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya . . . I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick" (Steinbeck, 36).
When Candy enters Crooks's room, he begins talking about their plan to buy their own piece of property and leave the ranch for good. After Candy tells Crooks that they already have the money, Crooks experiences a feeling of relief and hope in the possibility that he might be able to join the men. Crooks tells Candy,
"If you . . . guys would want a hand to work for nothing—just his keep, why I'd come an' lend a hand. I ain't so crippled I can't work like a son-of-a-bitch if I want to" (Steinbeck, 37).
Curley's wife then enters Crooks's room and laughs after hearing about their dream of one day leaving the ranch. After she begins messing with Lennie, Crooks displays his anger and frustration by saying,
"I had enough . . . You got no rights comin' in a colored man's room. You got no rights messing around in here at all. Now you jus' get out, an' get out quick. If you don't, I'm gonna ast the boss not to ever let you come in the barn no more" (Steinbeck, 39).
Immediately after being chastised, Curley's wife threatens to have Crooks lynched. Crooks becomes helpless, afraid, and humiliated by Curley's wife. Steinbeck writes,
Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego—nothing to arouse either like or dislike. He said, "Yes, ma'am," and his voice was toneless (39).