CURLEY’S WIFE: I want to see somebody. Just see 'em an' talk to 'em. There ain't no women. I can't walk to town. And Curley don't take me to no dances now. I tell you I jus' want to talk to somebody.
-Act II, Sc. 1
As rendered by Steinbeck, the characters on this stage wander lost in a sea of loneliness, but not despair. These are people full of hope. What is important to note is that George and Lennie’s dream of living on their own off the fat of the land is not unique, it is the driving motivation that gets each and every one of these characters out of bed in the morning. Whether it’s a pack of mules, a soft furry rabbit, or just someone to talk to, this is a story about the overwhelming needs that drive us forward.
SLIM: Ain't many guys travel around together. I don't know why. Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other.
-Act I, Sc. 2
CROOKS: A guy needs somebody... to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't go nobody. Don't make no difference who it is as long as he's with you.
- Act II, Sc. 2
Imagine looking out over an open river, the wind in your hair, and in the distance you can just make out everything you’ve always wanted. That is how badly each of these characters wants that little piece of land to call their own. The story lives and breathes in deep perspectives and wide-open spaces. Even in the trapped interior of a bunkhouse or barn, you can still feel the open vistas of California through the walls. It’s enough to give you hope.
GEORGE: Guys like us got no families. They got a little stake and then they blow it in. They ain't got nobody in the world that gives a hoot in hell about 'em! But not us... Because I got you and...
LENNIE: And I got you. We got each other, that's what, that gives a hoot in hell about us.
-Act III, Sc. 2
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