The boss pointed a playful finger at Lennie. “He ain’t much of a talker, is he?”
“No, he ain’t, but he’s sure a hell of a good worker. Strong as a bull.”
Lennie smiled to himself. “Strong as a bull,” he repeated.
George scowled at him, and Lennie dropped his head in shame at having forgotten.

– John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men, Chapter 2. Lennie is a hard worker and George knows if he is given a chance to show that, his disabilities might be overlooked by the boss.