Of Mice and Men Section 2
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Candy was trying to convince George his bunk was bug free. Giving him a detailed description of Whitey and his impeccable hygiene was supposed to prove George had nothing to worry about. Whitey didn't use the pesticide George found because he needed it...... it was a preventative. ;-)
"Tell you what," said the old swamper. "This here blacksmith- name of Whitey- was the kind of guy that would put that stuff around even if there wasn't no bugs- just to make sure, see? Tell you what he used to do- At meals he'd peel his boil' potatoes, an' he'd take out ever' little spot, no matter what kind, before he'd eat it. And if there was a red splotch on an egg, he'd scrape it off. Finally quit about the food. That's the kinda guy he was- clean. Used ta dress up Sundays even when he wasn't going no place, put on a necktie even, and then set in the bunkhouse."
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