Candy: An aging ranch handyman, Candy lost his hand in an accident and worries about his future on the ranch. It soon becomes clear that the two are close and George is Lennie's protector, despite his antics.
Approachable, gentle, lonely Cruel, cowardly, lonely Proud, resentful, lonely Crooks is proud of his proper upbringing and respectability and is resentful of being excluded through the racist attitudes of others.
He knows that it is only a matter of time before he is fired from the ranch because of both his age and his handicap; his right hand was cut off in an accident some time before. This dream is one of Lennie's favorite stories, which George constantly retells.
When Candy finally agrees, Carlson promises to execute the task without causing the animal any suffering.
There are shorter means, many of them. Curley is also a conceited man - he wears leather boots to show his power over the other men at the ranch, and boasts of the hand he keeps soft in vaseline.