The son of the boss of the ranch, Curley is careful to make it clear that he is of a higher class than the other ranch hands by wearing fancy boots. He is also mean-spirited, violent, and insecure. Though the only married man on the ranch, he's extremely jealous and suspicious of his wife, and he tends to overcompensate for his lack of height by picking fights with larger men. Curley cares most about looking strong.
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...stable manager enters with news for Slim. Slim leaves with Crooks, and the men discuss Curley's wife. They agree with George that women don't belong on ranches, and that she'll end... (full context)