He hallucinates seeing Aunt Clara and a giant, talking rabbit. Everyone has 2 shelves by their bed. It seems so simple, but little do they know, fate still has a hand to play. Clearly, George and Lennie have known each other for a long time. Lennie then requests the coup-de-grace: the story of how they're different from other workers and of how they'll have a farm together.
Curley enters looking for his wife. As they get ready to eat and sleep for the night, Lennie asks George to repeat their dream of having their own ranch where Lennie will be able to tend rabbits. There are 8 bunks with 3 of the bunks open. They then go to dinner. George warns Lennie to stay away from her job advice: stay away from the boss's son's flirtatious wife…unless she's really hot and you don't really need the job.
Many theories have emerged over the years, as readers and critics have speculated that George is somehow specifically in Aunt Clara's debt, that George and Lennie are actually related after all, or even that George and Lennie are in love - romantically, not merely as friends. If you're a teacher and would like , follow the link. George sat down on his damp bunk and stared at Lennies old, deckendant bunk. Then Crooks plays a mean game on Lennie by telling Lennie that George is not coming back from town. . They both wear similar clothes and carry blanket rolls, and the larger man imitates the smaller.
Slim sees the situation for what it is. Slim tells Carlson his dog had nine puppies and he had to drown four of them so there'd be enough food for the others. George tells him to shut up because the guys are coming. Foreshadowing Alert: Carlson's gun is missing. She offers to let Lennie stroke her hair this can't be good.
Lennie lies still in the sand, without quivering, dead. The boss stops his interrogation and tells them to go out with Slim, the skinner, after dinner. George and Lennie sit together and look at the hills as George talks about their place with the rabbits. Why, after all, is George so attached to Lennie? Steinbeck gives us a glimpse at the quiet, neat, lonesome life of the black stable buck. Lennie knows he has done a very bad thing so he goes to the place George told him to go when he gets in trouble which was back by the Salinas River. Finally Crooks invites him in and makes fun of him until Lennie gets angry. Compare how she has been portrayed before to how she is now.
His face is described as ageless he could have been anywhere from 35-50. It is unclear whether we are supposed to understand these hallucinations to be one-time phenomena or regularly recurring. Curley returns, still angry, and picks a fight with Lennie. Lennie breaks her neck not good. George says that the bus driver dropped them off too early and they had to walk. He returned to the calm, cold ranch and quietly entered the workers bunkhouse.
As they walk along, Lennie comes upon a pool of water and drinks thirstily; George warns him that the water might be bad as it has been stagnant in the sun, but Lennie pays him no heed. George feels bad about his tirade and apologizes. Each topic discussed - the woman who mistakenly thought that Lennie was trying to rape her, the mice that Lennie crushes with affection, George's order that Lennie return to the campsite if anything goes wrong - will come into play in the chapters to come. George warns Lennie to not get into trouble with Curley. Lennie finally answers a few simple questions. I suspect either Curley or his wife is going to ruin this dream.
This situation makes it clear that this book takes place during the Great Depression. This is because they both share the same dream of owning their own ranch, after many hard working years, moving from ranch to ranch, living in complete poverty and working for next to nothing they finally try to achieve this life long dream. Lennie at first is scared of her but then she explains that she just wants someone to talk to and tells Lennie that he can get a new puppy. It also adds to the idea of it being old. Kenyatta Kimaru Kimaru 1 11-28-12 Mrs. Lennie snaps out of it when he sees George is now there. Candy is intrigued and offers his life savings if he can be part of it : don't ever offer your life savings to two suspicious looking guys who you barely know.
Lennie asks for a puppy. Curley enters the bunkhouse again looking for his forever lost wife and then is informed that Slim is in the barn and he quickly jumps to conclusion that Slim is with his wife. George and Lennie try to ignore her as they do not want to get in any trouble with Curley as he just needs an excuse for beating up Lennie. Despite his pride, Steinbeck shows that he is actually very lonely and wishes that he had more company. Candy comes in and blabs about the farm.
Even though George is often burdened with taking care of Lennie, they appreciate the companionship that the other offers. The boss observed his surroundings out of the windows. In a novel so carefully wrought in all other respects, this central motivational ambiguity stands as a deliberate and unsolvable mystery. Together, they have hope and solidarity. Their physical portrayal emphasizes both their similarities and their individuality. While Crooks is belittled and ordered around in the ranch at large, in his bunk he is sovereign; none of the other workers impede upon his living space.