The setting of the Salinas River, south of Soledad, is introduced. The significance of the setting Soledad relates to solitary, loneliness, being alone. The whole theme throughout the book is set here.
Lennie and George arrive by the pool and the characters begin to be described. Lennie is compared to animals a lot through this section including a bear and a horse. Both extremely strong and powerful animals.
We find out they have come from a town called Weed in the north and Lennies love of soft things with the mouse is being shaped.
George mentions how Lennie is not to talk to the boss because he'll find out house 'crazy' Lennie is. Lennies disability clearly confuses many people because its a mental issue and not a physical one. He is described as 'crazy' and 'nuts' throughout the book. It is here however, along with many other previous clues we learn that Lennie isn't 'normal'.
When Lennie comes back from collecting wood he has the mouse again, George takes it off him. Lennie behaves much like a small child.
We find out more about how George looks after Lennie and why they had to leave Weed. It is clear George sacrifices a lot for Lennie, he doesnt have a girlfriend, he has to up and leave his home and he has lost work for Lennie.
They talk about the plans they have for the farm they want to own one day.
George makes Lennie promise to come back to this spot if there is ever any trouble. He obviously knows what Lennie is like and for-see's trouble at some point in the near future.
This section is important becase...
it establishes the setting. This is important because the book has a circular structure. It begins and ends in the same place.
We are introduced to the two main characters George and Lennie
Their relationship is made clear