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Hopes, Dreams and Plans
"I remember about the rabbits, George."
"The hell with the rabbits. That's all you can ever remember is them rabbits."
This is the first mention we have of the dream. Even from the introduction, it seems Lennie is more excited
than George about the prospect. George's easy dismissal of "them rabbits" makes it seem as though he
thinks the whole thing is silly. This will get more complex as we realize that George might be as excited about
the dream as Lennie it seems he is just more cautious about that excitement, given that he's more
worldweary than his companion.
"Well, we ain't got any," George exploded. "Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I was alone I
could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I
could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want. Why, I could stay in a cathouse all night. I could
eat any place I want, hotel or any place, and order any damn thing I could think of. An' I could do all that every damn
month. Get a gallon of whisky, or set in a pool room and play cards or shoot pool." Lennie knelt and looked over the
fire at the angry George. And Lennie's face was drawn in with terror. "An' whatta I got," George went on furiously. "I got
you! You can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Jus' keep me shovin' all over the country all the time."
George explodes at Lennie and rattles off what he imagines to be the dreamlife of a traveling worker without
any burdens (like Lennie). George envisions a carefree life and is careful to emphasize that Lennie is the
roadblock. What George outlines for himself here is strangely prophetic, given what will come to him later in
the story.
GEORGE "O.K. Someday--we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple
of acres an' a cow and some pigs and--"
"An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted. "An' haverabbits. Go on, George! Tell about what we're gonna
have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how
thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that George."
"Why'n't you do it yourself? You know all of it."
"No...you tell it. It ain't the same if I tell it. Go on...George. How I get to tend the rabbits."
"Well," said George, "we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the
winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to
the rain comin' down on the roof--Nuts!" (1.119123)
This kernel is one of the foundational pieces of the whole play, perhaps its most important. There are
numerous bits to analyze in this passage, ranging from its reflection of the American Dream during
the Depression to the fact that the dream is so repeated among the two men that even dull Lennie has
memorized some of it. For our purposes, it's very important that this talk of the farm oscillates wildly throughout
the play ­ it seems like the farm is a dream to George, a hope for Lennie, and (eventually) even a plan for
Candy. It's especially interesting that sometimes it seems the farm is the dream that keeps them going, and
sometimes it is just a reminder of the futility of dreaming.
Lennie watched him with wide eyes, and old Candy watched him too. Lennie said softly, "We could live
offa the fatta the lan'." "Sure," said George. "All kin's a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little
whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk. We'd jus' live there. We'd belong there.

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There wouldn't be no more runnin' round the country and gettin' fed by a Jap cook. No, sir, we'd have our
own place where we belonged and not sleep in no bunk house."
The crux of the dream for George is not the absence of work, or the easy living, or even having a lot of money. It
is simply grounded in having some place to belong (and implicitly, people with whom to belong).…read more

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Friendship
They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other. Both
were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore black, shapeless hats
and both carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders.
From the first sight of Lennie and George, a dynamic in their relationship is established.…read more

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"It ain't so funny, him an' me goin' aroun' together," George said at last. "Him and me was both born in
Auburn. I knowed his Aunt Clara. She took him when he was a baby and raised him up. When his Aunt
Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin'. Got kinda used to each other after a little while."
George describes his friendship with Lennie in no abstract terms and with no justifications.…read more

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the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want. Why, I
could stay in a cathouse all night. I could eat any place I want, hotel or any place, and order any damn
thing I could think of. An' I could do all that every damn month. Get a gallon of whisky, or set in a pool
room and play cards or shoot pool.…read more

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himself. Lennie is limited by his mental disability, so his friendship with George suffers some natural
limitations. Maybe this is part of why George can be in the relationship ­ because he keeps some part of
himself reserved for him alone.
George halfclosed his eyes. "I gotta think about that. We was always gonna do it by ourselves.…read more

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And these shelves were loaded with little articles, soap and talcum powder, razors and those Western
magazines ranch men love to read and scoff at and secretly believe.
Innocence doesn't only belong to the mentally disabled. There's some spark of imagination or belief that every
person contains, which can illuminate even the most seemingly worldweary.
Lennie cried out suddenly--"I don' like this place, George. This ain't no good place. I wanna get outa
here.…read more

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make George mad, therefore they are bad. Lennie doesn't have the ability to recognize that one of these things
is not like the other, and that hiding the puppy won't do much good after killing a young woman. This scene is a
reminder of how out of touch Lennie actually is, and does wonders to make us sympathetic to a killer.
And when they were gone, Candy squatted down in the hay and watched the face of Curley's wife.…read more

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we might hit a pocket." Lennie leaned eagerly toward him. "Le's go, George. Le's get outta here. It's
mean here." "We gotta stay," George said shortly. "Shut up now. The guys'll be comin' in."
George and Lennie agree that the ranch is no good for them, and both would like to leave. Lennie is ready to
cut and run, but George is the voice of practicality, and though his intuition says something is wrong, he's
confined by their present needs.…read more

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"Awright," she said contemptuously. "Awright, cover `im up if ya wanta. Whatta I care? You bindle bums
think you're so damn good. Whatta ya think I am, a kid? I tell ya I could of went with shows. Not jus'
one, neither. An' a guy tol' me he could put me in pitchers..." She was breathless with indignation.
"--Sat'iday night. Ever'body out doin' som'pin'.…read more

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