Of Mice and Men

A skilled mule driver with an ageless face, a grave manner, and a calm authority on how to run a ranch, Slim is a revered figure on the ranch. As the most self-assured of the men, he is the only one who never takes a swipe at anyone else in order to make himself feel stronger or better. At the same time, he is also the only one of the ranch hands who truly understands and appreciates the power and purity of the friendship between George and Lennie.

Slim Quotes in Of Mice and Men

The Of Mice and Men quotes below are all either spoken by Slim or refer to Slim. 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:

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Part 3 Quotes
"Carl's right, Candy. That dog ain't no good to himself. I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I got old an' a cripple."
Related Characters: Slim (speaker), Candy, Carlson
Related Symbols: Candy's Dog
Page Number: 45
Explanation and Analysis:

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Part 6 Quotes
"Never you mind," said Slim. "A guy got to sometimes."
Related Characters: Slim (speaker), George Milton
Page Number: 107
Explanation and Analysis:

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Slim Character Timeline in Of Mice and Men

The timeline below shows where the character Slim appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2
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Slim tells her that Curley is back at the main house. When she's gone, Lennie calls... (full context)
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Slim is a leader and authority among the other ranch hands. After talking to George and... (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 puppies, but that he had... (full context)
Part 3
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Slim agrees to give Lennie a puppy. When George thanks him, Slim says Lennie is the... (full context)
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George also tells Slim what happened in Weed. Lennie touched a woman's dress. She objected. He panicked and wouldn't... (full context)
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...bunkhouse, followed by Carlson. Carlson again suggests they put the dog out of its misery. Slim agrees and offers Candy one of his puppies. (full context)
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Crooks, the black stable manager enters with news for Slim. Slim leaves with Crooks, and the men discuss Curley's wife. They agree with George that... (full context)
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...the bunkhouse. Curley enters soon after, again looking for his wife. He suspects she's with Slim in the barn and storms out. The other men follow, hoping for a fight. (full context)
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Slim, Curley, Carlson, and Whit enter. Curley apologizes to Slim for suspecting him, and all the... (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 respect him. Curley gives... (full context)
Part 5
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Slim, Whit, Carlson, Curley, Crooks, and George enter the barn. Curley demands that Lennie be killed.... (full context)
Part 6
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...Lennie had his gun and that he shot him after wrestling it away from him. Slim leads the distraught George away, repeating over and over that George had to do it.... (full context)