The story starts off with two men called George and Lennie taking a break by a pond. People would be surprised to see them together because they are complete opposites. George is small, dark of face, and has sharp strong features. Lennie is tall, has a shapeless face, with large pale eyes, and wide sloping shoulders. Lennie depends on George and acts childlike.
Curley bursts into the barn demanding where his wife is. They say that they haven't seen her. When he realizes that Slim is not there he goes out to Crook's room. He comes back apologizing to Slim. When he sees the smile on Lennie's face he gets angry and starts punching him. George urges Lennie to fight back and Lennie crushes Curley's hand.
I hope George will still let me tend the rabbits.
Yes, you can tend the rabbits.
Carlson comes in complaining about Candy's stinky dog. He says that letting the dog live on is just putting it in more misery. Carlson asks Candy if he can shoot the dog. Candy hesitates. Candy and this dog had grown up together, when the dog was young he was a very good field dog. Candy sadly nods his head and agrees to let Carlson shoot the dog. Carlson takes his gun and the dog and leaves the barn.
And I can tend the rabbits!...........
Lennie is in the barn petting the dead puppy when Curley's wife comes in. Lennie tells her that George wouldn't like him to talk to her. She reassures him that she doesn't mean any trouble and just wants a friend to talk to. When Lennie tells her he likes soft things she says she likes velvet. Lennie agrees that he likes velvet too. Then Curley's wife tells Lennie to pet her hair and feel how soft it is. When he pets it to hard she screams. He covers her mouth and accidently snaps her neck. When he realizes she is dead he quickly hides her body and runs to the brush.
Lennie quickly runs to the brush. When he arrives he sits under the trees and worries that George won't let him tend the rabbits at the farm that they dream of owning someday. Then he dreams that Aunt Clara is yelling at him and saying he was horrible to George. After that, he dreams that a large rabbit is telling him that he will never get to tend the rabbits.
George goes to the brush to find him. When he finds him, Lennie quickly asks George if he is mad at him. George says no and asks Lennie to tell him the story about their farm. As Lennie tells the story George tells him to face forward. When Lennie obeys George loads the gun and places it to the back of Lennie's head. George's hands shake violently but eventually he pulls the trigger. Lennie falls to the ground softly.