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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men


by John Steinbeck

Curley Timeline and Summary

  • Curley comes to the bunkhouse looking for his wife.
  • Curley tries to pick a fight with Lennie.
  • Curley comes to the bunkhouse looking for his wife. Again.
  • Curley goes to the barn to find Slim, who he suspects is… with his wife.
  • Curley comes back to the bunkhouse (yet again).
  • Curley gets mad when Carlson calls him a coward. He sees Lennie smiling and starts punching the big guy (big mistake).
  • Curley gets his hand thoroughly messed up by Lennie Small.
  • Curley promises not to tell what really happened to his hand.
  • He gets taken to the doctor.
  • Despite the fact that he is married, Curley goes to Suzy’s bordello.
  • He plays horseshoes until Candy tells him about his wife’s death.
  • Curley looks at his dead wife and says he will shoot Lennie – preferably in the guts.
  • Curley leads the band of men in the search for Lennie.
  • He is the first to discover George with Lennie’s dead body.
  • Curley, ever observant, notes that George shot Lennie right in the back of the head.
  • Curley looks on with Carlson in puzzlement at Slim and George’s sadness.