A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool. On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains.
On an evening of a hot day two men emerged from the path by the river
Hi im george
The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes, and sharp strong features.
What up im Lennie
Behind him walked his opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, wit large pale eyes, with large sloping shoulders.