Of Mice and Men – Section Two. Vocabulary. Cesspool (23) (n.) A deep hole in the ground into which sewage from sinks and toilets is drained Morosely (24) (adv.) In a sad, gloomy manner Mollified (25) (adj.) Smooth, pacified Pugnacious (26) (adj.) Eager to fight or argue
Re-read the first paragraph of this section.
Look at how Steinbeck sets the scene by describing the bunk-house before the characters enter.
Why do you think he does this?
Notice how all the action in the second section takes place in the bunk house.
Steinbeck drops hints about what might happen later on in the book. Read the quotations below and decide what events they might foreshadow. Don’t forget to check later to see if you guessed right!
'Hide till I come for you. Don’t let nobody see you.'
'You keep away from Curley, Lennie.'
'Why’n’t you get Candy to shoot his old dog ...'
'Gosh, she was purty.'
Look at the last paragraph of the scene. Referring back to events in this section, what do you think the significance of Candy’s old dog might be? Write your ideas below.
The dog is now old and worn out. He is no longer useful, - look what happens to him later in the story.
Candy has had him since he was a pup - they are loyal friends, just like George and Lennie.
Slim’s puppies are newly born - it is significant that we hear about them in the same section that we meet the dog.
He is an ‘outsider’, because he is old and worn out. When you have finished the story, think about the links between the ‘outsiders’.