Journal Entry

Madie Hoaldridge
Period 7
1. “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 into 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.…With us it ain’t like that.   We got a future.   We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us.   We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go.   If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn.   But not us.” (Page 14)
Lennie depends on comfort from George. One of the ways George sends Lennie comfort is by his words.   Lennie is easily convinced of anything George tells him.   Before George and Lennie figure out what they are going to do next (towards the beginning of the novel), they are just sitting by a river talking.   Lennie asks George to tell him something to make him feel better.   George, to comfort Lennie and himself, talks about how his self and Lennie are different from the others.   How they are in the same situation but they are different because they aren’t going to fail. This statement makes Lennie brighten up and have hope.   It makes him feel important and not dumb.   Throughout the novel, we find that Lennie asks George to say the exact same thing to him over and over to reassure him that he is not a failure.  

2.“I hate that kinda bastard, I seen plenty of ‘em.   Like the old guy says, Curley don’t take no chances.   He always wins. He thought for a moment. If he tangles with you, Lennie, we’re gonna get the can.   Don’t make no mistake about that.   He’s the boss’s son.   Look, Lennie.   You try to keep away from him, will you? Don’t never speak to him.   If he comes in here you move clear to the other side of the room.   Will go do that, Lennie?” (Page 29)
George tells this to Lennie after Curley came...