At the end of the workday, Slim and George return to hte bunkhouse. Slim has agreed to give one of the pups to Lennie.
It wasn't nothing.I really appreciate your friendship with Lennie. I have never seen two guys traveling together.
Thank you, Slim for letting him have a pup. He is dum, but neither crazy or mean.
George tells Slim the story of how he and Lennie became companions.
We were born in the same town, and after the death of Lennie's Aunt Clara, I took charge of him. I used to play jokes to him, as he was too dumb to take care of himself. I only stopped after watching him almost drown, when I sad him to jump into a river.
Lennie enters the bunkhouse, carrying his new pup.
I will take it back to the nest. I didn't mean to harm him. I just wanted to pet him a little.
Lennie I told you coundn't bring that pup in here.You want to kill him?
Look, Candy. This old dog just suffers all the time. If you kill him, he wouldn't suffer more.
As Lennie returns the puppy to the litter, Candy and Carlson appear. Carlson begins to complain again about Candy’s dog.
I had him for so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him.
He won't even feel it.
Candy did not look down at his dog at all. He lay back on his bunk and stared at the ceiling, while Carlson got the dog out of the bunkhouse with a pistol in his hand.
I can give you a pup, if you want to. He is right, Candy. The dog ain't no good for himself.