Who is Slim? Describe his appearance and character in chapter 2.

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In Of Mice and Men, Slim is introduced to the reader in chapter 2. In terms of his physical appearance, Slim is tall, with long, black hair that is brushed straight back. In terms of his age, it is hard to judge. He has an "ageless" appearance, meaning he looks anywhere from 35 to 50 years old. Like the other men on the ranch, Slim wears blue denim jeans and a denim jacket. He also wears a Stetson hat.

On the ranch, Slim is a "jerkline skinner," meaning that he drives a team of mules. He is well-known among the men for his strength and skill.

When it comes to his speech, Slim speaks slowly, but this is not because of a lack of understanding. In fact, according to the text, he understands "beyond thought." Moreover, when he speaks, he has an air of authority. The other men always listen to him and accept his word as final.

In terms of his character, Slim is friendly and "kind." He gives a warm welcome to George and Lennie, for example, and he shows a genuine interest in George and Lennie's past, particularly how they came to be together. He also introduces the men to Carlson, a sign that he is keen to welcome them into the ranch family.