Chapter 1: Friendship
"I wanted you to stay with me"
Chapter 2: Barriers
"You keep away from Curley, Lennie"
In the story, the author says, "Curley was flopping like a fish a line, and his closed fist was lost in Lennie's big hand."
This quotes states that George actually cares for Lennie because he doesn't want him to leave his side.
This quote explains that George sees Curley as a barrier because if Curley starts a conflict with Lennie, then they will have no choice but to quit their jobs and relocate. When this happens, they both will not make any income, which will stop them from reaching their goal.
This quote shows how Curley was powerless when Lennie fought him back. Curley and the rest of the guys couldn't get Lennie off of his hand.
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