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George sat entranced with his own picture. When Candy spoke they both jumped as though they had been caught doing something reprehensible. Candy said, "You know where's a place like that?"

George was on guard immediately. "S'pose I do," he said. "What's that to you?" ...

Candy said, "I ain't much good with on'y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That's why they give me a job swampin'. An' they give me two hunderd an' fifty dollars 'cause I los' my hand. An' I got fifty more saved up right in the bank, right now. Tha's three hunderd, and I got fifty more comin' the end a the month. Tell you what-," he leaned forward eagerly. "S'pose I went in with you guys. Tha's three hunderd an' fifty bucks I'd put in. I ain't much good, but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some. How'd that be?"

George half-closed his eyes. "I gotta think about that. We was always gonna do it by ourselves."

Which theme is developed in the above excerpt?

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Planning and working toward one's dreams gives life meaning and purpose.


If given the chance, people will always choose to follow a group versus staying alone.


Freedom is more important than any amount of money or prestige.


Life during the Great Depression was too dangerous to try to endure on one's own.


People have an inherent desire to be one with nature, even when they are separated from it.

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