These lines are spoken by the new wife of the ranch owner's son, Curley. In the novella, she's not given a name. She is only a symbol, a token of desperation and loneliness. A failed actress, she is beautiful but alone, trapped in the middle of nowhere, and bound to a cruel and jealous husband. She longs for the attention she cannot have. She wants the glamorous life of a starlet, with expensive clothes, luxurious surroundings, and legions of admirers snapping photographs of her. Like George and Lennie, Curley's wife's dreams reflect what she does not have.