George Milton and Lennie Small traveling together along the Salinas River to find work. They had work cards indicating that there are jobs available at a nearby ranch,
they decide to stop and sleep in the woods for the evening. As they walk and talk, it becomes clear that George is in charge because something is wrong with Lennie.
George finds him petting a dead mouse in his pocket, and when George throws it into the bushes, Lennie cries.
when being in their trip they have discussed a plan for the future. This plan, Lennie loves to hear George describe, involves purchasing a farm of their own that they can take care of and live on self-sufficiently.
George tells Lennie how he would let him take care of the rabbits that they kept on the farm, which excites Lennie to no end since rabbits are soft
He wants Lennie to hide in the brush until George comes to get him. He makes Lennie repeat it over to remember the instructions then they go to sleep.