The old man tells George and Lennie about the blacksmith who used to work at the ranch and suddenly quit. Quote what the old man says was the reason for his departure.What does the old man's story seem to suggest about the men who work on these ranches?
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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.
From this, we can infer that workers come and go as they please.... never remaining in one place too long.
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