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And scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions; for, being alone, Crooks could leave his things about, and being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men, and he had accumulated more possessions than he could carry on his back.

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Being a black man, Crooks did not have as many opportunities as the others so he would likely stay put, rather than try to venture out in search of different jobs.


Crooks is a better worker than the others so he has been given a permanent job on the ranch, whereas the other men hold temporary positions because the boss doesn't trust them.


Curly and the boss pay Crooks a workers' compensation in addition to his salary because he was injured on the job.


Crooks' disability does not allow him to travel easily, let alone find another rancher who will hire him. So he chooses to stay put, rather than risk leaving.


Crooks has worked there for so long that he has earned several raises and, therefore, makes a lot more money than the other men.

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