| Quote #1
"You’re a pretty bright boy, aren’t you?" (35)
Al and Max antagonize George with this taunt, a dig at his masculinity (because they call him a ‘boy’ and not a ‘man’).
| Quote #2
"What are you looking at?" Max looked at George.
In portraying stereotypical criminals, Max and Al end up embodying a number of "tough guy" clichés, as we see here.
| Quote #3
"You talk too damn much," Al said. "The nigger and my bright boy are amused by themselves. I got them tied up like a couple of girl friends in the convent." (108)
Al infers inferiority on the part of Sam and George by insulting their masculinity.