George is sharp in every way: his physical features are slim and sharp; he has a sharp mind and quick-tempered Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're poundin' their tail on some other ranch. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to." (1.113)
Lennie a large, strong, lumbering, simple-minded man who is usually unaware of his actions "If you don't want me I can g off in the hills an' find a cave. I can go away any time." "No—look! I was jus' foolin', Lennie. 'Cause I want you to stay with me." (1.103-104)
Candy was a tall, stoop-shouldered old man "You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn't no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me..."
Curley's wife is portrayed as a beautiful, confident, and stylish woman, which aligns with her role as the boss' wife. the men on the ranch don't really see her as a person worthy of respect."I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely." "What's the matter with me? Ain't I got a right to talk to nobody?""Seems like they ain't none of them cares how I gotta live".
Crooks is a lively, sharp-witted, black stable-handS'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody-to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick" (80).