As the men came through the clearing and near the river, the dogs picked up the smell of Lennie immediately. As soon as they found Lennie, Curly and the other men quickly bound Lennie with hay twine and put him on a horse. As they rode into the farmhouse, Curly kept a gun at Lennie's head for every grueling step that felt like and eternity. Lennie was confused. He just wanted to stop her from screaming. Small mindless talk was brought up during the trip across the hot dry grasslands to help break the awkward silence.
When the men paraded across the barnyard with their prize, their trophy, Lennie, George could not watch. It was hard for George to see his best friend, his only true companion to be bound like a dead animal and paraded around. George retreated into the bunkhouse and was quickly joined by Candy. Candy was sad that Lennie had gotten into trouble and now their dream was over. George and Candy were not only worried about their dream, but the fate of their partner. What would Curly do?
The next day the farm was awakened by the innocent cry of Lennie. George went running to the rescue, to find that not saving was possible. Curly was whipping Lennie, like a madman. Lennie's eyes looked at George longingly, trying to reach out for the help of his dearest companion, but there was no help to give. Watching his friend be caged up like a wild animal and at the mercy of such and insecure man made George angry. And the fact that George couldn't do anything about it made him feel so terrible that he couldn't take it anymore. He turned on Curly; taking him down before he knew what hit him. As Curly lay unconscious on the ground, George undid Lennie's shackles and ties and set him free.
Lennie was so grateful and as quick as they could they found Candy and they all three packed up their belonging and began the long walk to Soledad.
As soon as they arrived in Soledad, they each bought a bus ticket, a ticket to freedom, to a farm in the country...
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