I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we’d never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.

– John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men, Chapter 5. George to Candy, as they stand shocked over Curley’s wife’s dead body and ponder what to do next. George accepts that this is the end of his and Lennie’s dream of having a farm together. He sounds the defeated man.