“I tell you I ain’t used to livin’ like this. I coulda made somethin’ of myself.” She said darkly, “Maybe I will yet.” And then her words tumbled out in a passion of communication, as though she hurried before her listener could be taken away. “I lived right in Salinas,” she said. “Come there when I was a kid. Well, a show come through, an’ I met one of the actors. He says I could go with that show. But my ol’ lady wouldn’ let me. She says because I was on’y fifteen. But the guy says I coulda. If I’d went, I wouldn’t be livin’ like this, you bet.”
– John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men, Chapter 5. Curley’s wife is focused on how different her life could have been if she had been an actress. Like George and Lennie, she too has dreams, though they are somewhat grander. And like for them, her dream is a form of escape for her from the difficulties of her life.