regrets not killing it himself. The fate of the dog foreshadows the ending of Lennie and maybe even Candy himself.
– The boss's son – a young, quarrelsome character, who was once a semi- professional boxer. He is an incredibly jealous person and is protective of his wife(even though she doesn’t even like him). He seems to be compensating for something because he is always hateful and immediately takes a disliking toLennie. He is insecure of his small stature but knows he can handle anyone of equal or smaller size, while anyone larger would be told to “pick on someone their own size” if provoked into action.
– A young, physically attractive woman, referred to as "tart" by theranch hands and mistrusted by her husband. One of the only characters in the book not given a name, she seems lonely and is mean-spirited because of it. Her dreams of becoming an actress were crushed by her mother, so she married thenext man she met and took off, unluckily said man happened to be Curley. Her inappropriate dress and flirtatious manner lead to her, as well as Lennie’s, demiseas she lets Lennie feel her soft hair.
– A "jerk line skinner" (the main driver of a mule team
) is referred to as"prince of the ranch". Slim’s word is law and he decides on the mercy-killing of Candy's dog while he later tells George he had no choice in the mercy-killing of Lennie. Before this, it is Slim who helps Lennie avoid getting fired after Lennie'sfight with Curley.
– The only African American hand on the ranch, referred to as "nigger" by almost all. He is crippled, his nickname refers to a crooked back resulting from being kicked by a horse. He sleeps segregated from the other workers and isfiercely defensive of his "rights". While he is lonely, he does not want others toknow of his true feelings. When Lennie visits his room, he immediately takes theopportunity to scare him into submission – a rare chance for him to exercise power- but he is won over by Lennie’s innocent nature and lets him stay. Crooksobviously has no other friends on the ranch due to the time setting of the noveland his segregation. He also wants to join in on George’s dream but gives up onceLennie is killed.
– Egotistical and unable to empathize with anyone, he wants to shootCandy's old and infirm dog because he doesn't like its smell. He finally does so(with the same pistol which was later used by George to shoot Lennie), withSlim’s consent. He has the final, and supremely ironic, line of the book wondering(as Slim and George walk away from Lennie’s dead body): "What the hell ya'suppose is eatin' them two guys?"
- A young, inexperienced man who is enthusiastic about life on the ranch. Not mentioned but twice and has no major role other than in one scene he bringsup a magazine and a former farmhand.