"Why... Curley... he got is han' caught in a machie, ma'am. Bust his hand."
On the way to the ranch
"You get a kick outta that, don't you? Awright, I'll tell you, and then we'll eat our supper..."
In this scene, Slim and George are playing card and George begins to tell Slim what about Lennie did in Weed and why they had to leave. George confides in Slim because, Slim puts off a trustworthy energy to George. Steinbeck uses this scene to answer the essential question by showing us that Slim is a trusting person and George has faith that he won't get him fired. George tells Slim about what Lennie did in Weed with the girl even though he could have gotten him fired. The author wants us to understand that friend ship is about trusting each other with even the biggest, scariest secrets.
In this scene, Lennie and Candy are in Crooks' room when Curley and the other boys are in town at Sussys. Curleys wife comes into Crooks' room and begin to interigate Lennie about breaking Curley's hand but Crooks and Candy stick up for him when he gets lost and help him get out of the conversation. Steinbeck uses this to answer the essential question by showing us that as a person defending them when they don't know how to get out of a bad thing that has happened to them is a very important thing to do. The author wants us to understand that moral support and helping people get out of bad situations is an important thing to do as a person.
In this scene George and Lennie are by a pond where they will stay before going to the ranch in the morning. Lennie wants George to tell about the dream they have with the rabbits and alfalfa. Despite how tiered George is, he still tells Lennie about the dream because he knows he doesn't know any better. Steinbeck uses this to show that empathy is a good trait to have because it helps people through times that they don't understand. Empathy is the ability to understand another persons pain and helping them know they aren't alone. The author wants us to understand that friendship is taking care of each other and making sure they know that they aren't alone in the world.