Diction: The writer's word choice Meaning: Living off the riches of nature
Before George and Lennie arrive at their new workplace, the two migrant workers stop to rest for the night. While they are resting, they begin to talk about their idea of a perfect life, or dream. Lennie's idea of living off the "fatta the lan" shows that Lennie is hopeful for the future.
Connotation: In today's society, the "fatta the lan" is different than it was in the 1930's. We do not live off of nature, we get our food from restaurants and fast food chains.