On page 2 we are introduced to our main characters/protagonists in the story. They are migrant workers that on there way to a farm for work .Their names are George and Lennie, and they travel together. For the night they take refuge in a forest in Soledad by the Slanas river. George is described as ,"a men who is small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose.
“I wisht we’d get the rabbits pretty soon, George. They ain’t so little.”
“The boss was expectin’ you last night,”
When Slim comes in the bunkhouse and starts talking to Carlson about his dog having puppies, Lennie becomes very interested.
Can Lennie get one of the pups?
Lennie is described as as ,"a mentally challenged huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, and wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws. His arms did not swing at his sides, but hunglloosely. Geroge and Lennie have a dream of owning a farm together.
“You wouldn’ tell?
“What’d he do in Weed?”
Geroge and Lennie arrive at the farm and immediately are introduced to Candy. Candy is described as a tall, stoop-shouldered old man with no right hand. On there way to their boss, they see the stable buck named Crooks. Crooks is a African American man with a crooked back from getting kicked by a horse. They meet the boss who is mad because of them being late. After, they are brought in the bunkhouse and meet the antagonist of the story, Curley. Curley is the boss's son who is a punk and recently married a "trap".
Ive had him since he was a pup
“he stinks to beat hell. Tell you what. I’ll shoot him for you.”
Slim says,“She slang her pups last night,” said Slim. “Nine of ‘em. I drowned four of‘em right off. She couldn’t feed that many.” Lennie wants George to ask Slim if he could get one of the pups, and the next day Geroge asks Slim and he says yes. Lennie falls in love with the pup and even tries to sneak the it in the bunkhouse.
Get em Lennie
Geroge also tells Slim about why he travels with Lennie. He says that,"When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie jus tcome along with me out workin’. Got kinda used to each other after a littlewhile."
Geroge breaks his own rule and tells Geroge about what happened in weed. He says that lennie," Just wants to feel it. So he reaches out to feel this reddress an’ the girl lets out a squawk, and that gets Lennie all mixed up, and heholds on ‘cause that’s the only thing he can think to do. Well, this girl squawksand squawks. I was jus’ a little bit off, and I heard all the yellin’, so I comesrunning, an’ by that time Lennie’s so scared all he can think to do is jus’ holdon.. He wasso scairt he couldn’t let go of that dress. And he’s so God damn strong, youknow.”
After, Carlson kills the dog Candy is still in denial and stats,“I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.” Candy also stats that he wants to join in on Lennie's and George's American dream of the farm.
Carlson tries to talk Cany into putting down his dog. Candy is in strong denial and keeps refusing. Eventually,Carlson with the help of Slim talk Candy into putting done his dog. Carlson takes a luger and a shovel out of the bunkhouse as well as the dog.
Curley is in rage because he thinks Slim slept with his wife, when he is proven wrong he becomes very mad. He thinks Lennie was smiling at him, so he took his rage out of him. Lennie is scared and doesn't know what to do, so he keep screaming ,"make 'um let me alone, George". Eventually, Lennie grabs Curleys hand and starts crushing it. Lennie damages Curleys hand very badly and Slim makes Curley to promise to say that his hand was caught in a machine.