"You drink some, George. You take a good big drink."
"Lennie id you jus' happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an' hide in the brush."
"I won't get in no trouble, George. I ain't gonna say a word."
"No one can blame a person for looking."
"Jesus, what a tramp"
Told ya so!
The story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, starts with George and Lennie traveling together to find work at a ranch in California. They had to run from their last job because Lennie was accused of rape. George and Lennie have a good friendship and look out for each other. George takes care of Lennie more. George is very patient with Lennie because Lennie is slow minded. George says, "I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you."
"There ain't nobody can keep up with him. God almighty I never seen such a strong guy."
I am strong!
George and Lennie talk about how lucky they are to have each other. They talk about future plans of owning a little house some day and have a couple of acres. Lennie could tend to the rabbits. George talks with Lennie about keeping his mouth shut at the new ranch and staying out of trouble. There was foreshadowing when George told Lennie, "Well, look, Lennie--if you jus' happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here and hide in the brush."
"If you want me to, I'll put the old devil out of his misery right now and get it over with. Ain't nothing left for him."
George and Lennie get settled into the bunkhouse at the new ranch job soon after meeting the boss. They then meet Candy and his old dog. Curley, the owner's son comes into the bunkhouse looking for Slim but decides to pick on Lennie for not talking. Lennie waited for George's instructions on how to act. Curley finally leaves and his wife walks in and is flirting with them. "She smiled archly and twitched her body." George warns Lennie that she is trouble and to stay away from here.
"Get em Lennie!"
At the beginning of chapter 3 George and Lennie meet Slim. Slim is a boss at the ranch. He doubts Lennie's ability to work at first because he thinks he isn't bright. After he sees him buckin barley he realizes he is the best worker he ever had. Slim and George have a good conversation and George tells about what happened in Weed. Slim realizes that was a misunderstanding and seems to have George and Lennie's back.
More characters are introduced in chapter 3. Carlson is another ranch hand that seems obsessed with getting Curley to put his dog down because he thinks he is too old and in pain. "He ain't no good to you, Candy....Why'n't you shoot him?" One night they are all playing cards and Carlson talks Candy into letting him shoot his dog to put him out of his misery. Candy really doesn't want him to do it but he let's him. Candy is so sad and regrets it later and says he should have been the one to shoot him.
The last scene in chapter 3, Curley comes into the bunkhouse arguing with Slim thinking Slim slept with Curley's wife. Lennie starts laughing and Curley turns around and says "you think its funny big man?" Curley punches Lennie in the face and punches him again and again. George then yells, "Get em Lennie get em!" Lennie grabs Curley's hand and crushes all the bones in his hand to pieces. Slim convinces Curley to say he got his hand caught in a machine.