Of Mice and Men Candy
by John Steinbeck

Candy is an elderly man who’s missing one hand, presumably due to a farming accident. He seems to be kept around only to clean the bunk and perform other basic duties around the ranch. Everywhere he goes, his decrepit, blind dog follows him, leaving a foul odor in its wake. Candy appears to be the only ranch hand capable of saving his money, yet he seems to have never considered purchasing his own land until George suggests it to him. Towards the novel’s end, Candy serves as an accomplice to George’s plan, stalling for time in order to allow Lennie to escape the clutches of the mob.

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