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I think you have chosen an excellent question to answer from George’s perspective. George has always been Lennie’s protector. Whatever he does, and every decision he makes, is to keep Lennie safe. Lennie cannot protect himself. He is childlike and vulnerable, despite his great strength.
George takes care to talk for Lennie, so that people won’t realize he is slow. He knows that some would not want Lennie working for them. He tells Lennie to keep quiet.
You jus’ stand there and don’t say nothing. If he finds out what a crazy bastard you are, we won’t get no job, but if he sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we’re set. Ya got that?” (ch 1)
George knows that Lennie is strong, and also a good worker. He tries to keep them both employed by not telling anyone about Lennie’s condition, and letting his work speak for itself.
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