Of Mice and Men

Why is it better for Curley to pretend that he got his hand caught in a machine, as Slim suggests rather than tell the truth that Lennie crushed it?

chapter three

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Curley wants to be known as a tough guy, which is one of the reasons he picks so many fights. If word gets out that his hand was crushed by Lennie, he would be humiliated. It's all about his pride.... and Slim knows it.


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