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by John Steinbeck

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Why does George speak for Lennie?  

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George speaks for Lennie when they are dealing with employers or potential employers because Lennie's limited intelligence would be revealed by his limited vocabulary, his monotone voice, and his general slowness in comprehending and formulating sentences. George knows that many potential employers would balk at hiring Lennie for fear that he could not understand instructions or might cause problems in other ways. Lennie is a good worker when he is told what to do. He has plenty of strength and stamina. But he can't express himself very well, and in any stressful situation he becomes hopelessly confused, as we see in several scenes in Of Mice and Men. George has been getting jobs for Lennie for as long as they have been together on the road. 

In the opening chapter, George warns Lennie not to say anything when they sign up for work at the ranch.

"Now. look--I'll give you...

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