“I ain’t got no people. I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin’ to fight all the time…’Course Lennie’s a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin’ around with a guy an’ you can’t get rid of him.”

– John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men, Chapter 3. George on loneliness and Lennie. George doesn’t want to end up like other ranch loners, who turn out to be mean. He appreciates having Lennie for company, even though he may be a nuisance at times.