In chapter 4 of Of Mice and Men, why does Lennie enter Crooks's room and why is Crooks rude to him?

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In this chapter, Lennie wanders into Crooks' room because he is alone. Remember that it is a Saturday night and most of the men, including George, have gone into town to drink alcohol and have some fun.

You will notice that Crooks is very rude and hostile towards Lennie. Clearly, he does not appreciate the invasion of his privacy. The reason for this is that because of Crooks' skin color, he lives in separation from the other men. Therefore, he is not accustomed to having somebody come into his room. Because he is so lonely and downtrodden by the others, he lashes out at anyone who comes close. In this instance, that person is Lennie.

With regards to Curley's wife, she suspects that her husband's busted hand is the result of a fight, not a genuine machine accident. In fact, her suspicions are confirmed after seeing bruises on Lennie's face, but neither Lennie nor Crooks will admit to her what really happened.

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After George and the other farm hands have gone out for a night on the town, Lennie sees Crooks' light on and door half open and pays him a visit.

Because of his race and handicap, Crooks lives apart from the other men, setting up a place by himself in the old harness room. He is not used to "company" and is only invited to join the other men at special times, such as Christmas. So when Lennie shows up, it takes him by surprise and he considers the "visit" an unwelcomed intrusion. He snaps at Lennie, then asks him what he would do if George ever went away, never to come back. Because of his own handicap, Lennie panics at the very thought. Crooks sees his distress, takes pity on him, and tries to calm him down. After having given the other men the sour grapes treatment for so long, he admits to Lennie that he is indeed a very lonely man.

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