- Slim is the jerkline skinner (lead mule-team driver) at the ranch. He is excellent at his job.
- He is the natural leader at the ranch. Everyone respects his views and looks up to him.
- He has a quiet dignity: he doesn't need to assert himself to have authority.
"there was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talked stopped when he spoke. His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love."
- He understands the relationship between George and Lennie. He helps George at the end and reassures George that he did the right thing.
- We know little else about him, which gives him a slightly mysterious quality. Do you think he is too good to be true?
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