Lennie wanders into the stable, and chats with Crooks, the bitter, yet educated stable buck, who is isolated from the other workers because he is black. Curley's wife makes another appearance and flirts with the men, especially Lennie. Before their arrival in Soledad, however, Lennie and George lived and worked in Weed, California, but fled after the authorities there accused Lennie of attempted rape. Eventually, George returns and tells her to get lost. There are also other moods evoked through the actions of the characters reflecting sorrow, pity, and brutality. Finally, George and Lennie meet Slim and Carlson.
Lennie likes to pet things a little too hard and a little too long—an activity that keeps resulting in dead rabbits. Curley's wife enters the barn and tries to speak to Lennie, admitting that she is lonely and how her dreams of becoming a movie star are crushed, revealing the reason she flirts with the ranch hands. The next day, Lennie accidentally kills his puppy in the barn. George knows that his friend gets tortued when he will be found when he finds him - do not put will after when , and so he runs to the hidden place and kills him with a gun, while he is telling him about their dream, which he looses now illogical. Curley's wife begins to scream. The boss seems satisfied and hires them.
Curley apologizes to him in the bunkhouse in front of everybody, but his apology is rejected. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. Both scold him for his irresponsible behavior and the trouble that he has caused George. George ends the night by treating Lennie to the story he often tells him about what life will be like in such an idyllic place. Of Mice and Men is a novella novel about George and Lennie, who obtain a dream of having their own farm one day. After this killing, Lennie flees from the ranch. George guesses where Lennie is and races to the pool.
In the interim, George steals Carlson's gun, leading the other men to think that Lennie took it before he escaped. Lennie goes off to find firewood. She scolds him for his irresponsible behavior and for causing George trouble. Curley agrees that he will not tell anyone about his hand, for it would mean losing his self-respect. Though he had achieved critical and popular success with his two preceding novels, Tortilla Flat 1935 and 1936 , Of Mice and Men was an instant success on another level altogether.
George is the brains behind this operation, while Lennie is, well, a few crayons short of a 164-colors box. It sounds like a nice place. The novel, which takes place during the Great Depression, begins beside the Salinas River near Soledad, California, where two migrant workers, Small and Milton, are walking on their way to a nearby ranch. George tells Lennie that, if he gets into trouble as he did in Weed, he should return to the brush near the river and wait for George to find him. When she disappears from his sight, a giant rabbit appears in her place.
The men have a dinner of canned beans. This silence from Lennie is purposeful as George had previously told him not to say a word, or he would lose them the job. The novel opens with two men, and , walking to a nearby ranch where harvesting jobs are available. Dejectedly remembering his place, Crooks retracts his offer. Crooks claims it will never work out. Candy knows that Curley will organize a lynching party, and George says he is not going to let them hurt Lennie.
The central question of where or how such a man might fit into society drives the action of Of Mice and Men, and the rest of the characters in the book are developed largely in terms of their relationships to this enigmatic central figure. Carlson suggests that they give a puppy to Candy so that he can shoot his dog and get rid of it since it's so old and smells. Sorry, we seem to have something in our eye. Candy cleans up around the ranch despite the fact that he's missing a hand. It soon becomes clear that the two are close friends and George is Lennie's protector, despite Lennie's antics irritating him.
They are surprised to find the dead Lennie with George standing next to him. Lennie wants to keep the dead mouse in his pocket, but George throws it away. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When he handles her too forcefully, she screams. Plans change, however, when Lennie encounters trouble with fellow worker Curley, who finds Lennie involved with his wife.