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This is actually in chapter 3. The other men are not scared of Curley. Although Curley is the boss's son, they refuse to let Curley physically intimidate them.
Carlson laughed. "You God damn punk," he said. "You tried to throw a scare into Slim, an' you couldn't make it stick. Slim throwed a
scare into you. You're yella as a frog belly. I don't care if you're the best welter in the country. You come for me, an' I'll kick your God damn head off.