Social Hierarchy in Of Mice and Men
Curley thinks he can beat up Lennie and is better than Lennie just because he is the boss's son and Lennie is a ranch worker. Curley doesn't know how strong Lennie really is. He speaks roughly to Lennie and seems to hate him right from the start, picking at him and challenging him to fights.
AT THE BUNKHOUSE
Well, nex' time you answer when you're spoken to.
Lennie didn't do nothing to him.
Well, let him be handy. He don't have to take after Lennie. Lennie didn't do nothing to him.
That's the boss's son. Curley's pretty handy. He done quite a bit in the ring...
Well . . . tell you what. Curley’s like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys. He’s alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he’s mad at ‘em because he ain’t a big guy.
But this Curley better not make no mistakes about Lennie. Lennie ain't handy, but this Curley punk's gonna get hurt if he messes around with Lennie.
He better watch out! Lennie ain't no fighter, but Lennie's strong and quick and Lennie don't know no rules...
Well, Curley's pretty handy... Never did seem right to me. Seems like Curley ain't givin' nobody a chance.
TO BE CONTINUED...
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