Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  • I don’t want no ketchup. I wouldn’t eat no ketchup if it was right here beside me.” “If it was here, you could have some.” “But I wouldn’t eat none, George. I’d leave it all for you. You could cover your beans with it and I wouldn’t touch none of it.”
  • As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. Then gradually time awakened again and moved sluggishly on
  • There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water. In front of the low horizontal limb of a giant sycamore there is an ash pile made by many fires; the limb is worn smooth by men who have sat on it.Of_Mice_and_Men
  • George put his hand on Lennie’s shoulder. “I ain’t takin’ it away jus’ for meanness. That mouse ain’t fresh, Lennie; and besides, you’ve broke it pettin’ it. You get another mouse that’s fresh and I’ll let you keep it a little while.”
  • “I was only foolin’, George.
  • Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no fambly. They don’t belong no place
  • At about ten o’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars.
  • Curley’s like alot 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. You seen little guys like that, ain’t you? Always scrappy?”
  • The sun square was on the floor now, and the flies whipped through it like sparks
  • I don’t want no trouble,” Lennie mourned. “I never done nothing to him.”
  • There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke
  • His tone was friendly. It invited confidence without demanding it.
  • Carlson went on, “Got five pups, huh. Gonna keep all of ‘em?”
  • Guy don’t need no sense to be a nice fella
  • And scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions; for, being alone, Crooks could leave his things about, and being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men
  • a guy talkin’ to another guy and it don’t make no difference if he don’t hear or understand. The thing is, they’re talkin’, or they’re settin’ still not talkin’. It don’t make no difference, no difference.”
  • An’ never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’.
  • The afternoon sun sliced in through the cracks of the barn walls and lay in bright lines on the hay. There was the buzz of flies in the air, the lazy afternoon humming.
  • You’re a nice guy. I don’t know why I can’t talk to you. I ain’t doin’ no harm to you.
  • Curley’s wife lay with a half-covering of yellow hay. And the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face
  • “Jesus Christ, Lennie! You can’t remember nothing that happens, but you remember ever’ word I say.”
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