stroking the dead body of his puppy
She then complains about her loneliness and the cold treatment she gets from the ranch-hands.
he flees toward the meeting place that George designates at the book’s opening—the clearing in the woods.
but because Lennie liked the idea so much, he had started to believe it himself.
George exits, and Candy curses Curley’s wife for destroying their dream of a farm.
All sense of optimism for the farm or the freedom the men would have on it dissolves now that Lennie’s unwittingly dangerous nature has reasserted itself.
Her loneliness becomes the focus of this scene, as she admits that she too has an idea of paradise that circumstances have denied
not unlike George’s fantasy of the farm; both are desperately held views of the way life should be,
th. One might take issue with Steinbeck’s description of her corpse, for only in her death does he grant her any semblance of virtue.
pretty and simple . . . sweet and young.”
It is disturbing, then, that Steinbeck seems to subtly imply that the only way for a woman to overcome that nature and restore her lost innocence is through death.
. Here, as in the earlier scene with Candy’s dog, Slim becomes the voice of reason, pointing out that the best option for Lennie now is for him to be killed.
There is no room for dreaming in such a difficult and inhospitable world.
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