"No-look! I was jus' foolin', Lennie. 'Cause I want you to stay with me... I want you to stay with me, Lennie"(13).
"God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy" (11).
"If you don't want me I can go off in the hills an' find a cave. I can go away any time" (12)
On the Ranch
"Well, nex' time you answer when you're spoke to" (26).
"What's he got against Lennie?" (26).
"Curley's like a lot of little guys. He's alla time picking scraps with big guys" (26).
Lonely people find ways to take out their emotions
"Hardly none of the guys ever travel together... You know how the hands are, they just come in and get their bunk and work a month, and then they quit and go out alone" (39).
"I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain't no good. They don't have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin' to fight all the time" (41).
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, he shows how people need companionship, to achieve a dream or to just have a friend, otherwise they get mean and sad. George knows he could have a much more comfortable life without Lennie and he could buy and do whatever he wanted, but he realizes that without Lennie he has no dream and nobody to share it with.
Candy loses his companion
"I'll put the old devil out of his misery right now... Ain't nothing left for him" (47).
George and Lennie learn on their first day why nobody likes Curley. Exposition. Not related to motif.
People need and look for companionship in dreams
""S'pose I went in with you guys Tha's three hunderd an' fifty bucks I'd put in" (59).
Like Curley, people who are isolated from a group often get mean and bitter from lack of bonding with other people. They start fights to release their emotions because they have no one else to turn to.
With friends, people can rely on others for support and achieve their dreams
"They all sat still, all bemused by the beauty of the thing, each ,mind was popped into the future when this lovely thing should come about.
Candy is convinced by Carlson to let him kill his dog because it smells. Also Exposition.
"Awright_take 'im" (47).
After Candy loses his dog, to not be lonely and find new friends, he gains interest in George and Lennie's dream and offers his money to piggyback off their dream.
"I bet we could swing her... We'll fix up that little old place an' we'll go live there" (60).
Candy has become friends with George and Lennie. Candy has received support in the form of friendship, and George and Lennie have received support in the form of financial aid, and also friendship. People need companionship to achieve their dreams.
"Don't tell nobody about it. Jus' us three an' nobody else" (61).