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"Of Mice and Men"- Plot Summary
Here's a little recap of the main events of "Of Mice and Men". It's a good idea to learn what
happens when, so that you know exactly how the plot progresses and how all the
important events fit together.
Chapter One- The calm before the storm
George and Lennie are spending the night by a pool before starting work at a new
George is annoyed with Lennie because they've had to leave in a hurry from their
last job. It turns out that Lennie has a habit of getting into trouble.
Lennie persuades George to tell him about their dream farm. It sounds like a really
Chapter Two- Introductions
George and Lennie arrive at the ranch late. This makes the boss angry.
Candy explains to George and Lennie what life is like on the ranch.
George and Lennie meet all the main people on the ranch, including Curley, his
wife and Slim.
Curley tries to pick a fight with Lennie.
Curley's wife flirts with the ranchers and catches Lennie's attention.
Chapter Three- Dreams and a dead dog
George chats to Slim. We find out a bit more about George and Lennie's
background and what happened in Weed.
Carlson wants to shoot Candy's dog because it's no longer useful and it smells.
Candy is eventually pushed into agreeing and Carlson takes the dog away and
George and Lennie start to talk about their dream farm. Candy overhears and
asks to join them, offering them his money.
Curley starts a fight with Lennie. Lennie crushes Curley's hand but Slim convinces
Curley to say it got caught in a machine.
Chapter Four- The dream is spoiled
Lennie wanders into Crooks's room. At first Crooks tries to get rid of him, but in the
end he lets him stay.
Candy joins them. He feels very uncomfortable being in Crooks's room, but
eventually they all start talking about George and Lennie's dream farm.
Curley's wife comes in and spoils the party. When Candy stands up to her she
starts to undermine their hopes and dreams.
The other men return from town and Curley's wife leaves. George tells Lennie off
for going into Crooks's room and telling other people about their dream farm.
Crooks says he's not interested in the farm anyway.
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Chapter Five- A dead girl and a dead dream
Lennie is in the barn- he's accidently killed his puppy.
Curley's wife finds him and they talk about their dreams. Curley's wife wants to be
a movie star.
They find out that they both like soft things. Curley's wife lets Lennie stroke her
hair, but she gets angry when he strokes it too hard. Lennie panics- breaking her
Lennie runs away and Candy finds Curley's wife in the barn.…read more