George and Lennie prepare to arrive at a ranch to work –
Fled from their last ranch as Lennie was mistaken for **** -
Ends in tragedy just four days later, with Lennie killing Curley's wife -
Lennie is shot-
This story is told in the third person, so we are provided with a clear, unbiased view of all the characters.
Wife= Curleys Wife
» Setting, at first is tranquil, clues to suggest it is disturbed.
» Meet friends: George and Lennie (Very opposite).
» They camp in the brush by a pool, the night before starting work at a ranch.
» G finds L stroking a dead mouse in his pocket.
» He complains that caring for L prevents him from living a freer life.
» We find out that L’s innocent petting of a girl's dress led to them losing their last jobs in Weed.
» They talk about their dream of getting a piece of land together (really depend on each other)
J L and G arrive at a simple, western ranch and shown around by old Candy (Old Swamper, one hand)
J C tells them about the boss > Short tempered> Nice> Generous.
J Meet their boss and follow the plan that had made.
J Meet his son, Curley - G is suspicious of Curley's manner and warns L to stay away.
J Curley's pretty and apparently flirtatious wife >Possible danger
J Meet some of their fellow workers, Slim and Carlson.
J Slim has pups-Lennie wants one
~ Slim realizes that L has a mentality of someone much younger
~ G tells Slim about why he and L travel together and what happened in Weed.
~ The men talk about Candy's ancient dog, which is tired and ill. Carlson shoots it, as an act of kindness.
~ G tells Candy about their dream of getting and he eagerly offers to join them - happen almost immediately as he has money.
~ Curley provokes L into a fight, ends up with broken hand- Caught in machine
_ Most men on the ranch go into town, except L, Crooks and Candy.
_ Crook is alone in room when Lennie joins him.
_ Crooks is skeptical, not believing that G and L are going to do what so many other men he's known have failed to do, and get land of their own.
_ Candy happens to come in as well, Crooks is convinced and asks to be in on it too.
_ Wife arrives. She threatens Crooks and an argument develops. Crooks and Wife are Cynical.
_ Crooks realizes he can never really be part of G, L and Candy's plan
õ L kills the puppy by stroking it hard- he becomes upset and angry
õ Wife finds him, starts talking very openly about her feelings.
õ Invites L to stroke her soft hair, but he does it so strongly she panics and he ends up killing her too.
õ He runs away to hide, as G had told him.
Candy finds the body and tells G. They tell the other men - Curley wants revenge.
N Lennie hides in the brush by the pool.
N Dreams of Aunt Clara and rabbits he will tend when he and G get their land.
N G finds L and talks reassuringly to him about the place they will have together
N Shoots him with Carlson's gun.
N Other men find G; they assume he shot L in self-defense.
N Only Slim understands what G did and why.