The story begins with George Milton and Lennie Small traveling together along the Salinas River in California to find work
the realized they wont ready to work no more at the moment so they slept in the woods later on that day
George lies and says that Lennie is his cousin who was kicked in the head by a horse when he was young in order to explain Lennie's lack of intelligence.
George and Lennie being shown around the bunk house by an old swamper named Candy.
The boss then enters the room and begins interviewing George and Lennie. He's angry that the men didn't arrive yesterday
The boss, however, is suspicious of George and asks if George is stealing Lennie's pay.
Candy joins them in the bunkhouse followed by his old dog, and Carlson starts bothering him again about shooting the dog.
Lennie gets a puppy from Slim and spends every free second he has in the barn with it.
Lennie is smiling at this dream possibly coming true, Curley comes in and asks Lennie what he is laughing at. Lennie doesn't know how to respond, so Curley punches him in the face. Again, Lennie is too stunned to react, so Curley continues to beat on him. Lennie is a bloody mess