"'What'd he do in Weed?' Slim asked again. 'Well, he seen this girl in a red dress. Dumb bastard like he is, he wants to touch ever'thing he likes. Just wants to feel it. So he reaches out to feel this red dress an' the girl lets out a squawk, and that gets Lennie all mixed up, and he holds on 'cause that's the only thing he can think to do."'
"From his pocket Carlson took a little leather thong. He stooped over and tied it around the old dog's neck. All the men except Candy watched him. 'Come boy. Come on, boy,' he said gently. And he said apologetically to Candy, He won't even feel it.' Candy did not move nor answer him." "A shot sounded in the distance. The men looked quickly at the old man. Every head turned toward him. For a moment he continued to stare at the ceiling. Then he rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent. "
The door opened quietly and the stable buck put in his head; a lean negro head, lined with pain, the eyes patient.
"'Did you see that girl?' 'Yeah you mean Curley's girl?' 'Yeah. Did she come in the barn?' ' No. Anyways I never seen her?' 'Uh-uh. She ain't been i the barn.' 'O.K.,' said George. 'I guess them guys ain't gonna see no fight."'
"'You know a place like that?' George was on guard immediately. 'S'pose I do,' he said. 'What's that to you?' "Candy said, 'I ain't much good with on'y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That's why they give me a job swampin'. An' the give me two hundred an' fifty dollars 'cause I los' my hand. An' I got fifty more saved up right in the bank, right now."
"George was on his feet yelling, "Get him, Lennie. Don't let him do it. Lennie covered his face with huge paws and bleated with terror. He cried, "Make 'um stop, George." Then Curley attacked his stomach and cut of his wind. Slim jumped up. "The dirty little rat," he cried, "I'll get 'um myself." George put his hand out and grabbed Slim. "Wait a minute," he shouted. He cupped his hands around his mouth and yelled , Get 'im, Lennie!''