Why does Curley's wife always look for Curley in Of Mice and Men?Please include quotes.

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brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, it's an excuse on her part to get out of the house and see the guys in the bunkhouse.  It's always her excuse for coming in, then she stays and continues the conversation.  She's flirty, bored, and completely disappointed in her married life, compared to what she once expected.

You could also say that she is checking to see where he is not, as opposed to where he is, so that she can avoid him.  The book continually has her character talking about how her and Curley don't get along, get in fights, and generally dislike each other.

For quotes consider the time she is slow to leave the bunkhouse where she first sizes up George and Lennie.  Also, towards the end of the book, near her death, she has a whole conversation with Lennie about how "cool it is here in the barn".  She is clearly a very lonely person.