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Of Mice and Men

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George's Soft Side

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While George is a man hardened by his experiences during the Great Depression and his life as a poor man, he also exhibits kindness and thoughtfulness, especially when speaking to and about Lennie.

Which of the following quotes BEST demonstrates this "soft" side?

A

"Look, Lennie! This here ain't no setup. I'm scared. You gonna have trouble with that Curley guy. I seen that kind before. He was kinda feelin' you out. He figures he's got you scared and he's gonna take a sock at you the first chance he gets."

B

"If he tangles with you, Lennie, we're gonna get the can. Don't make no mistake about that. He's the boss's son. Look, Lennie. You try to keep away from him, will you? Don't never speak to him. If he comes in here you move clear to the other side of the room. Will you do that, Lennie?"

C

"Sure," said George. "We kinda look after each other." He indicated Lennie with his thumb. "He ain't bright. Hell of a good worker, though. Hell of a nice fella, but he ain't bright. I've knew him for a long time."

D

"I ain't mad at you. I'm mad at this here Curley bastard. I hoped we was gonna get a little stake together - maybe a hundred dollars." His tone grew decisive. "You keep away from Curley, Lennie."

E

Lennie twisted with embarrassment. George said, "S'pose he don't want to talk?" Curley lashed his body around. "By Christ, he's gotta talk when he's spoke to. What the hell are you gettin' into it for?" "We travel together," said George coldly. "Oh, so it's that way." George was tense, and motionless. "Yeah, it's that way." Lennie was looking helplessly to George for instruction.