What Does George Say He Would Be Doing If He Were Smart in "Of Mice and Men"?

In the book "Of Mice and Men," George states that if he were a smart man, "I wouldn't be buckin' barley for my fifty and found." This means that he would be able to hold a job that pays more than $50 a month and free lodging.

George Milton and Lennie Small are the two main characters in "Of Mice and Men." Throughout the novel, the reader finds that Lennie is dependent on George due to Lennie's limited mental capacity. George, knowing that Lennie is not able to understand certain things, makes Lennie engage in degrading actions throughout the novel.