Lennie and George are migrant workers coming from Weed, California. They are headed to a ranch to go get paid to work. A bus drops them off near a pond and they start heading to the ranch. They take a break and Lennie goes and picks up a mouse because he wanted to pet it. While Lennie was petting it, he killed it. When he comes back with it George tells him to hand the mouse but Lennie refuses and pretends he doesn’t have it. George ends up grabbing it and throwing it across the pond.
"Gi'me that mouse!"
What mouse, George? I ain't got no mouse.
Before George and Lennie arrive at the ranch George tells Lennie not to say anything when the boss is speaking to them because he doesn’t want Lennie to mess up their chance at working. George and Lennie arrive at the ranch later than they were supposed to. When they arrive they meet the boss and then his son named Curley. When Curley meets Lennie he is kind of rude towards him because Lennie is bigger than him and Curley wants to intimidate George.
He can talk if he wants to tell you anything.
Well, nex' time you answer when you're spoke to.
We jus' come in.
George and Slim were in the bunkhouse playing solitaire. Slim made a comment about the fact the Lennie and George travel everywhere together which is strange for migrant workers. George opened up to Slim and told him that he started to look after Lennie when his Aunt Clara died. He also told him the reason they had to leave Weed, which was that Lennie was petting a girls dress and she got scared and run away which caused Lennie to tear some of it off. Some guys came after Lennie so George and he left Weed. George was defending Lennie because he knows Lennie doesn’t mean to hurt anyone and Slim agrees. Slim thinks of Lennie as a kid but what that means is that Lennie resembles certain qualities kids have but that’s not his fault.
He ain't mean. I can tell a mean guy a mile off.
He jus' wanted to touch that red dress, like he wants to pet them pups all the time.
I don't mind takin' care of him.The way I'd shoot him, he wouldn't feel nothing.
Carl's right, Candy. That dog ain't no good to himself. I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I get old an' a cripple.
S'pose I went in with you guys. Tha's three hunderd an' fifty bucks I'd put in.
"I gotta think about that. We was always gonna do it by ourselves."
Get him, Lennie. Don't let him do it.
Candy and his very old dog walk into the bunkhouse. After he walked in Carlson complains about the smell of Candy’s dog. He offers to shoot it and claims it would be better for the dog, so the dog can be put out of its misery. Candy is very hesitant toward letting Carlson kill his dog because he had it since it was a puppy and the dog became more than just a pet to Candy, it was a friend and it can get very lonely being a migrant worker on a ranch. Carlson tries to persuade Candy by offering him one of Slim’s puppies but his dog is more than just a pet to him, he can’t replace it with another. Candy then agrees to let Carlson put it down. Carlson takes a gun and a shovel and then heads out with the dog. Candy is instantly heartbroken and sad.
While everyone is out doing something, Lennie, George and Candy are left the bunkhouse. Lennie asked George to tell him about the farm they hope to own one day. George started going on about the freedom they would have and the animals Lennie would take care of. Candy overheard their conversation and asked if he could be apart of the farm. Candy said that he is gonna be laid off soon because he is old and only has one had so he can’t get much done. He offers to pay for part of the farm in exchange for letting him come with them and being able to work on the farm. At first, George was hesitant because the farm was supposed to be only Lennie and George’s dream but he came around and agreed to let Candy come.
While George and Candy are discussing the farm, Slim, Curley, Carlson, and Whit walked in. Slim and Curley were arguing because Curley thought Slim was sleeping with his wife. Slim, Carlson, and Candy started making fun of Curley because he worries so much about his wife and tried to intimidate Carlson and Slim. While this was going on Lennie was smiling because he was thinking about the farm him, George and Candy were gonna own. Curley thought Lennie was laughing at him because he was smiling so Curley attacked him. Lennie wouldn’t fight him back because he didn’t wanna hurt him but then George told Lennie to fight back. Lennie ended up crushing Curley’s hand.