On pages 38-43, George and Slim are alone in the bunkhouse after dinner. The two men are talking about how Slim gave Lennie a puppy, while the skinner says that it isn't a big deal, George insists on thanking him. As they talk, their conversation switches from puppies to Lennie, and George accidentally slips up, and mentions how Lennie got into trouble in Weed. This picks Slim's interest, and he asks what happened. George proceeds to recount the tale, and how Lennie liked the look of a red dress a girl was wearing, and touched it. The girl got scared and began to screaming, resulting in Lennie getting scared and not letting go of her dress, only holding on tighter. After George got Lennie to let go, she ran to the authorities, so George and Lennie had to hide in an irrigation ditch before running away in the dark of the night so Lennie wouldn’t be prosecuted. Slim isn't at all repulsed by the story, instead seeming to sympathize with the two. Lennie then comes into the bunkhouse, curling up on his bed, and George realizes that his large companion is trying to hide the puppy Slim gave him from the two, because he was told to leave him alone with the mother. After scolding him, George sends him back to the barn to put the puppy back.