"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."
"They was so little, I’d pet ‘em, and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead—because they was so little. I wish’t we’d get the rabbits pretty soon, George. They ain’t so little."
"Come on, ya big bastard. Get up on your feet. No big son-of-a-bitch is gonna laugh at me. I'll show ya who's yella."
• Relatively young, caucasian male, small, with sharp, defined features. • Working class, lives in the bunkhouse at the ranch. Formerly lived at a ranch in Weed. Uneducated. • George believes that Lennie has as many opportunities as he does, despite his disability.
"I'm glad you bust up Curley a little bit. He got it comin' to him. Sometimes I'd like to bust him myself."
• Similar age to George, caucasian male, has a mental disability, large with a shapeless face, pale eyes, sloping shoulders • Working class, like George, lives in the bunkhouse on the ranch. Formerly lived at a ranch in Week. Uneducated. • Does not fully understand that he is different. Believes, with full trust, in his and Georges dream.
• Thin, caucasian male, relatively young. Tanned face, brown eyes, and curly hair. Is short and small, but is overly aggressive. • Son of the boss, middle class. Lives on the ranch. • Has the napoleon complex: Is overly aggressive and cruel to account for his small stature. Believes Lennie is less worthy than he is, and picks on him for his disability.
• Gorgeous young caucasian woman, red lips, heavy makeup. Red nail polish. Curly, long hair. Her looks beg the attention of the ranchmen. • Middle class. Wife of the son of the ranch. Lives on the ranch with husband Curley. • Dreams of becoming a movie star