Of Mice and Men

What was the atmosphere of the ranch and bunkhouse in chapter2


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There is a sense of emptiness both literally and figuratively when George and Lennie reach the ranch. The bunkhouse has the feeling of impermanence to it. Candy explains that a man named Whitey used to use George's bunk and was paranoid about bugs. One day Whitey picked up his check and moved on. He gave some of the usual excuses but in the end he "just wanted to move on down the road." Whitey is an example of the transient life that these men live. There are few genuine social connections made by these itinerant workers who travel from job to job.