"It ain’t so funny, him an’ me goin’ aroun’ together," George said at last. "Him and me was both born in Auburn. I knowed his Aunt Clara. She took him when he was a baby and raised him up. When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin’. Got kinda used to each other after a little while." Analysis
George describes his friendship with Lennie in no abstract terms and with no justifications. To George, he and Lennie just got used to each other, naturally, but it’s pretty remarkable that two guys are so close in a world full of guys that don’t get close to anybody. Though George doesn’t tell Slim he necessarily sees it that way, George’s speech to Lennie about why they’re different highlights the fact that he realizes what a special relationship they have. Quote 4
."Come on in and set a while," Crooks said. "’Long as you won’t get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down." Analysis
Lennie has gotten Crooks to soften up a little. Likely, Crooks is cracked a bit by Lennie’s innocence, but no matter the reason, it’s always a little flattering to have someone try and be your friend. Lennie seems to be refreshingly open. Quote 5
It’s just the talking. It’s just bein’ with another guy. That’s all." He paused. His voice grew soft and persuasive. "S’pose George don’t come back no more, S’pose he took a powder and just ain’t coming back. What’ll you do then?" Analysis
Crooks is accustomed to being alone and without friends, and first admits that it’s generally miserable to have nobody. Still, the corrosive effect of solitude crops up here: if we remember what George said about people who are alone on the ranches all the time getting really mean, we can see it right here in Crooks. Crooks seems to have a need to show that Lennie and George’s friendship can’t be all that real. Quote 6
"I was only foolin’, George. I don’t want no ketchup. I wouldn’t eat no ketchup if it was right here beside me.”
After George’s mean...