Lennie's Extract

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Extract Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off. A girl was standing there looking in. She had full, rouged lips and widespaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers. “I’m lookin’ for Curley,” she said. Her voice had a nasal, brittle quality. George looked away from her and then back. “He was in here a minute ago, but he went.” “Oh!” She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward. “You’re the new fellas that just come, ain’t ya?” “Yeah.” Lennie’s eyes moved…show more content…
The physical description which follows underlines how out of touch she is with the male world of the ranch. She is “heavily made up” whilst the “little bouquets of red ostrich feathers” seem almost laughably inappropriate. The repetition of red – which is a colour associated with passion and danger – is an early indication of Curley’s wife flirtatious character. This is an impression underlined by her body language as she leans against the door “so that her body was thrown forward” and by the fact that she speaks “playfully” in response to George who has just “brusquely” retorted: “Well he ain’t…show more content…
This is an early indication of his firm disapproval of, bordering on disgust at, Curley’s wife. Later in the extract he dismisses her as a “tramp” and reinforce the idea that she is little more than an object to be owned by stating “So that’s what Curley picks for a wife.” Lennie, in contrast, is more ‘appreciative’ with his “fascinated” eyes that “moved down over her body” causing Curley’s wife to subconsciously react: “she bridled a little”. Unlike George, he falls for her
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