Lennie accidentally kills one of the puppies in the barn because of his strength and clumsiness.
Curley's wife comes into the barn where Lennie is with the dead dog. She tells him about how she could have been an actress but ended up marrying Curley instead.
Lennie tells Curley's wife about how he likes petting soft things. She tells him that her hair is soft and lets him pet it. He won't let go of her head when she tells him to and after a struggle, ends up breaking her neck.
Everyone on the farm easily figures out that Lennie killed Curley's wife and goes out to look for him.
Lennie realizes he did a bad thing again and leaves to hide in the brush like George told him to if he does a bad thing again. While hiding, he hallucinates his Aunt Clara and a giant rabbit scolding him in his own voice.
George shoots Lennie in the back of the head because he can no longer deal with the problems he keeps causing.
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