| Quote #4
"Listen," George said to Nick. "You better go see Ole Andreson."
Sam’s passive attitude contrasts with Nick’s active approach to this problem; passivity seems to correlate to experience. Those who are more jaded (like Sam) are able to sit idly by, while those who are more innocent (like Nick) feel the need to act – probably because the latter feels he can change things, and the former knows he can’t.
| Quote #5
"I’ll go see him," Nick said to George. "Where does he live?"
Sam’s turning away parallels Ole’s turning to the wall – a significant action in The Killers.
| Quote #6
Ole Andreson said nothing.
Look at the repetition of language regarding Ole’s passivity. We are told twice that he says nothing and twice that he looked at the wall.