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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

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Of mice and men section two

Of Mice and Men – Section Two


Vocabulary

Vocabulary

  • Cesspool (23)

    • (n.) Adeep 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

  • Skeptically (26)

    • (adv.) In a skeptical manner; Not easily convinced


Vocabulary1

Vocabulary

  • Ominously (27)

    • (adv.) In an ominous manner; giving the impression that something bad or dangerous will happen

  • Slough (27)

    • (v.) To skin

  • Derogatory (27)

    • (adj.) Showing a critical or disrespectful attitude

  • Plaintively (29)

    • (adv.) In a plaintive manner; sounding sad or mournful

  • Complacently (34)

    • (adv.) In a complacent manner; feeling proud and unconcerned to a fault


Of mice and men section two

Setting the scene

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.


Of mice and men section two

Foreshadowing

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.'

(George)

'You keep away from Curley, Lennie.'

(George)

Foreshadowing

'Why’n’t you get Candy to shoot his old dog ...'

(Carlson)

'Gosh, she was purty.'

(Lennie)


Of mice and men section two

Closing the scene

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’.


Of mice and men section two

Questions

  • Why do you think George lies to the Boss about his relationship with Lennie?

  • Is Curley’s wife really looking for her husband? If not, what is she doing in the bunk-house?

  • Why does George tell Lennie to stay away fromCurley’s wife?

  • What sort of man does Slim seem to be? Look carefully at the conversation between Slim and George on page 34.


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