Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
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Chapter 1

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  • A stilted heron labored up into the air and pounded down the river. For a moment the place was lifeless, and then two men emerged from the path and came into the opening by the green pool.
  • "Lennie!" he said sharply. "Lennie, for God' sakes don't drink so much." Lennie continued to snort into the pool. The small man leaned over and shook him by the shoulder. "Lennie. You gonna be sick like you was last night."
  • George unslung his bindle and dropped it gently on the bank. "I ain't sure it's good water," he said. "Looks kinda scummy."
  • In a moment Lennie cam crashing back through the brush. He carried one small willow stick in his hand. George sat up. "Awright," he said brusquely. "Gi' me that mouse!" But Lennie made an elaborate pantomime of innocence. "What mouse George? I ain't got no mouse."
  • Lennie's lip quivered and tears started in his eyes. "Aw Lennie!" George put his hand on Lennie's shoulder. "I ain't takin' it away jus' for meanness. That mouse ain't fresh, Lennie. You get another mouse that's fresh and I'll let you keep it a little while."
  • They made their beds on the sand, and as the blaze dropped from the fire the sphere of light grew smaller; the curling branches disappeared and only a faint glimmer showed where the tree trunks were. From the darkness Lennie called, "George-you asleep?" "No. Whatta you want?" "Lets have different color rabbits, George." "Sure we will," George said sleepily. "Red and blue and green rabbits, Lennie. Millions of 'em." "Furry ones, George, like I seen in the fair in Sacramento." "Sure, fury ones." "Cause I can jus' as well go away, George, an' live in a cave."
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