Chapter 1 summary:
The story begins when George and Lennie have left a ranch in weed. They are now camping out near the Salinas River. We find out that George is a slim and intelligent person but Lennie is a big strong and described as an opposite of George. Lennie goes to drink water from the pool’s edge and drinks like a hungry animal, George cautions him, telling him the water may not be very good. However, Lennie ignores his advice. The two men are on their way to get a temporary job, George also warns Lennie not to say anything when they arrive and George makes him recite this to himself because he forgets things very quickly. In this chapter we easily identify the fact that Lennie likes to pet soft things. Lennie picks up a dead mouse which he finds on the side of the pool. George find out that he has a mouse in his pocket, which George confiscates and throws it into the weeds beyond the pond. Lennie retrieves the mouse, when George asks him to get and get wood for fire and once again George catches him and confiscates it. George also gives Lennie a lecture about the trouble he causes when he wants to pet softs things, which is about the time when in weed he was touching a girl’s soft dress, which causes her to scream and alleged that he raped her. Lennie than offers to leave and go live in a cave, causing George to soften his complaint and tell Lennie that perhaps maybe, he can get him a puppy that he can pet, without killing the it. Before they go to sleep, Lennie asks George to repeat their dream of having their own ranch where Lennie will be able to tend rabbits. George tells him about their dream and he also tells Lennie that if anything bad happens, he should come back to this spot and hide. Finally just before they go to sleep Lennie tells George that they must have rabbits of various colours.
“one stayed behind the other”
“a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, and wide, sloping shoulder; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little” “drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse” “dabbled his big paw”
“I tried not to forget”
“I remember about the rabbits, George”
“Uh-uh. Jus’ a dead mouse, George. I didn’t kill it. Honest! I found it. I found it dead.” “You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get you out” “Well, how the hell did she know you jus’ wanted to feel her dress? She jerks and you hold on like it was a mouse.” “because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you” “God, you are a lot of trouble,”
“That was your own Aunt Clara. An’ sje stopped givin’ ‘em to ya. You always killed ‘em.” “I never get no peace”
“George’s voice became deeper. He repeated his words rhythmically as though he said them many times before. ‘Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. With us it ain’t like that. We go a future. We got somebody that gives a damn about us.”
Chapter 2 summary:
In this chapter, we get introduced to all the characters in the novel. The next morning, George and Lennie arrive at the ranch and go the bunkhouse. Candy informs them that the boss is mad because they were expected the night before. Candy shows them their bunks. When the boss arrives, he questions Lennie and George about their work history and skills, George answers for Lennie, which causes the boss to questions Lennie’s silence. George emphasizes Lennie’s strength and work ethic. The boss also questions them on why they left their last job, George explains that there was no more work left, and this satisfies the boss, the boss tells them they can work on Slim’s grain team after supper. As soon as the boss leaves, George scolds Lennie for speaking. Curley, who is the boss’s son, enters and sizes challenges Lennie, by looking at Lennie, fisting his hands and stands in a fighting stance. He wants to know if they are the news guys, when George answers, Curley insists...