George and Lennie stop off for the night before going to a ranch where they've been hired to work. The two men talk about their problems in the past and their plans for the future.
Vocabulary All page numbers refer to the Penguin Books edition, 1993.
"...willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter's flooding: and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool (p. 1)." "...and the damp flats are covered with the night tracks of 'coons...(p. 1)." "...beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening...(p. 2)." "A stilted heron labored up into the air and pounded down river (p. 2)." "They had walked in single file down the path...(p. 2)."
"George unslung his bindle and dropped it gently on the bank (p. 3)." "George stared morosely at the water (p. 4)."
"A water snake slipped along on the pool, its head held up like a little periscope (p. 7)." "The reeds jerked slightly in the current (p. 7)."
" 'I seen thrashin' machines on the way down (p. 8).' "
" 'That means we'll be bucking grain bags, bustin' a gut (p. 8).' " " 'Awright,' he said brusquely (p, 8)."
"Lennie hesitated, backed away, looked wildly at the brush line as though he contemplated running for his freedom (p. 8)." "A big carp rose to the surface of the pool...(p. 10)."
" 'Why, I could stay in a cat house all night (p. 11).' "
"He took on the elaborate manner of little girls when they are mimicking one another (p. 11)." "He looked across the fire at Lennie's anguished face...(p. 11)." " 'They come to a ranch an' work up a stake...(p. 13).' "
" '...we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres...(p. 14).' " " '...we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens (p. 14).' "
Allusions All page numbers refer to the Penguin Books edition, 1993.
"A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside...
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