Of Mice and Men

George Milton Character Analysis

George is Lennie's friend and protector. Unlike the giant, lumbering Lennie, George is small and wiry with a quick and resourceful mind. In many ways, George is a typical migrant farm worker, a class of poor and lonely men who traveled from ranch to ranch looking for work during the Great Depression. But George differs from these often bitter men because of his friendship with Lennie, which keeps him, in his own words, from getting "mean." Though George sometimes resents Lennie as a burden, he also deeply loves him, and shares with him a dream of owning their own farm.

George Milton Quotes in Of Mice and Men

The Of Mice and Men quotes below are all either spoken by George Milton or refer to George Milton. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Of Mice and Men published in 1993.
Part 1 Quotes
Well, we ain't got any,' George exploded. 'Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble....An' whatta I got,' George went on furiously. 'I got you! You can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Jus' keep me shovin' all over the country all the time. An' that ain't the worst. You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get you out.
Related Characters: George Milton (speaker), Lennie Small
Page Number: 11
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Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place....With us it ain't like that. We got a future.... An' why? Because...because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why.
Related Characters: George Milton (speaker), Lennie Small
Page Number: 13
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"Well," said George, "we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof."
Related Characters: George Milton (speaker)
Related Symbols: George and Lennie's Farm, Rabbits
Page Number: 14
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Part 2 Quotes
"Ain't many guys travel around together," he mused. "I don't know why. Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other."
Related Characters: Slim (speaker), George Milton, Lennie Small
Page Number: 35
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Part 3 Quotes
S'pose they was a carnival or a circus come to town, or a ball game, or any damn thing." Old Candy nodded in appreciation of the idea. "We'd just go to her," George said. "We wouldn't ask nobody if we could. Jus' say, 'We'll go to her,' an' we would. Jus' milk the cow and sling some grain to the chickens an' go to her
Related Characters: George Milton (speaker), Candy (speaker)
Page Number: 60
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I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.
Related Characters: Candy (speaker), George Milton
Related Symbols: Candy's Dog
Page Number: 61
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Part 5 Quotes
I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we'd never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.
Related Characters: George Milton (speaker)
Related Symbols: George and Lennie's Farm
Page Number: 94
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Part 6 Quotes
No, Lennie. I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's a thing I want ya to know.
Related Characters: George Milton (speaker), Lennie Small
Page Number: 106
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"Never you mind," said Slim. "A guy got to sometimes."
Related Characters: Slim (speaker), George Milton
Page Number: 107
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George Milton Character Timeline in Of Mice and Men

The timeline below shows where the character George Milton appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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...area near the riverbed of the Salinas River a few miles south of Soledad, California. George Milton and Lennie Small, two men dressed in denim, are walking along a path on... (full context)
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...stop. Lennie drinks huge gulps from a pool of standing water next to the river. George warns him not to drink too much or else he'll get sick again. (full context)
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When George complains about the bus driver who dropped them off too far from the ranch, Lennie... (full context)
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George throws the mouse away, and tells Lennie they're going to a ranch like the one... (full context)
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Lennie remembers that they were "run out" of Weed, but George says they ran away before they could be run out. George then says that his... (full context)
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George decides they should spend the night where they are. Lennie goes off to find firewood.... (full context)
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...men have a dinner of canned beans. When Lennie complains about the lack of ketchup, George again says how much easier his life would be without Lennie. He brings up the... (full context)
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Lennie offers to leave George alone and go live in a cave. Lennie imagines that he could keep mice in... (full context)
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George says he wants Lennie to stay with him. He comments that ranch workers are always... (full context)
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At Lennie's urging, George describes their future. They'll save money until they can buy their own farm. George describes... (full context)
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As they go to sleep, George asks Lennie to take a close look at their surroundings. He tells Lennie that if... (full context)
Part 2
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George and Lennie arrive at the ranch the next morning. At the bunkhouse, an old man... (full context)
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The boss enters. George blames the bus driver for their lateness. When the boss asks about their skills, George... (full context)
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...boss has never seen a man go out of his way for another man like George does for Lennie, and suspects that George might be taking advantage of Lennie. George lies,... (full context)
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After the boss leaves, Lennie asks George if what he said was true. George says they were just lies, and notices that... (full context)
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When Candy leaves, George tells Lennie to stay away from Curley. Fighting with Curley, he warns, will get them... (full context)
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...that Curley is back at the main house. When she's gone, Lennie calls her "purty." George warns him to stay away from her. Lennie, frightened, begs to leave the ranch. George... (full context)
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Slim is a leader and authority among the other ranch hands. After talking to George and Lennie and seeing their friendship, Slim is impressed. He says it's rare to see... (full context)
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Carlson, another ranch hand, introduces himself to George and Lennie, then asks Slim about his dog. Slim says she gave birth to nine... (full context)
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Curley enters again, looking for his wife. When he leaves, George says he might end up in a fight with Curley himself. The triangle rings, signalling... (full context)
Part 3
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Slim agrees to give Lennie a puppy. When George thanks him, Slim says Lennie is the best worker he's ever seen even though he's... (full context)
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George explains that he grew up with Lennie and took care of him after his Aunt... (full context)
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George also tells Slim what happened in Weed. Lennie touched a woman's dress. She objected. He... (full context)
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Lennie enters with his puppy under his coat. George orders him to return the puppy to its litter. While Lennie is gone, Candy and... (full context)
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...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 up causing trouble. Whit invites... (full context)
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George and Lennie stay behind, and soon begin talking about their farm. Having overheard George's description... (full context)
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As the other men return, George warns Lennie and Candy to keep the farm a secret. Candy whispers back that he... (full context)
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Curley wants to fire George and Lennie, but Slim tells him if he does no one on the ranch will... (full context)
Part 4
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Suddenly angry and bitter, Crooks tells Lennie that George might not return to the ranch. In terrible fear, Lennie nearly attacks Crooks. (full context)
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The other men return. When George discovers Lennie was talking about the farm, he gets angry. But Crooks says Curley's wife... (full context)
Part 5
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Candy enters and finds Curley's wife's body. He runs and gets George, and the two of them realize that Curley will lynch Lennie. Candy then asks if... (full context)
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Fearing Curley will think he had something to do with the murder, George tells Candy to pretend George never saw the body. George leaves. Candy curses at Curley's... (full context)
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Slim, Whit, Carlson, Curley, Crooks, and George enter the barn. Curley demands that Lennie be killed. Carlson says his gun is missing... (full context)
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...brush by the river, Lennie has a vision of his Aunt Clara, who tells him George would have had a much easier life without him. Lennie then has a hallucination of... (full context)
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George shows up. He is quiet and not angry. Lennie begs George to yell at him.... (full context)
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Lennie then asks George to describe their farm. George does, and tells Lennie to take off his hat and... (full context)
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The other men hear the gun shot. George tells Carlson that Lennie had his gun and that he shot him after wrestling it... (full context)