Of Mice and Men

What does Crooks reveal about himself to Lennie?

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Crooks reveals resentment and bitterness about his mistreatment as an African American. He talks to Lennie about his childhood, the home he grew up in, and his father's chicken ranch.

Crooks leaned forward over the edge of the bunk. "I ain't a southern Negro," he said. "I was born right here in California. My old man had a chicken ranch, 'bout ten acres. The white kids come to play at our place, an' sometimes I went to play with them, and some of them was pretty nice. My ol' man didn't like that. I never knew till long later why he didn't like that. But I know now."

He hesitated, and when he spoke again his voice was softer. "There wasn't another colored family for miles around. And now there ain't a colored man on this ranch an' there's jus' one family in Soledad."


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