“Awright,” she said contemptuously. “Awright, cover ‘im up if ya wanta. Whatta I care? You bindle bums think you’re so damn good. Whatta ya think I am, a kid? I tell ya I could of went with shows. Not jus’ one, neither. An’ a guy tol’ me he could put me in pitchers…” She was breathless with indignation. ” – Sat’iday night. Ever’body out doin’ som’pin’. Ever’body! An’ what am I doin’? Standin’ here talkin’ to a bunch of bindle stiffs – a n***** an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’ sheep – an’ likin’ it because they ain’t nobody else.”

– John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men, Chapter 4. Like most of the ranch hands Curley’s wife has dreams. She dreamed of being in showbusiness and movies. But being little more than Curley’s property, she could not pursue her ambitions and instead lives a life of loneliness and no freedom. The names she calls Crook, Candy, and Lennie represent her prejudice towards blacks, the elderly, and people with disabilities