"'An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted. An' have rabbits.'"
"'A brown and white one, Lennie cried excitedly.'"
"'I heard him, Lennie. I'll ask him.'"
"They all sat still, all bemused by the beauty of the thing, each mind was popped into the future when this lovely thing should come about."
George and Lennie have a dream of living off the fatta the lan'. Whenever they are together Lennie wants George to remind him of their dream. At this time, George and Lennie are hopeful, they are looking forward towards their dream.
"'The rabbits we're gonna get, and I get to tend 'em, cut grass an' give 'em water, an' like that.'"
George and Lennie heard Slim talking about getting rid of some puppies. Immediately Lennie asks George if he can have one, and he says that he will ask. Lennie is so excited to maybe get a puppy. Both Lennie and George at this time are optimistic, believing that they will get to live a good life with that puppy.
"'You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George. Can't we?'"
Candy has joined Lennie and George's dream. They started talking about it together, and now they are all thinking about the lovely future they have planned for themselves. The three men are very confident in their plans; they have worked out all of the money issues and realized that the dream is so close.
"He pulled the trigger. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and down again."
As Lennie and Crooks talk about other topics in Crook's stable buck, Lennie starts to ramble on about his rabbits when Crooks questions him about it. Lennie explains to him about the three men's dream and how close they are to achieving it. Crooks doesn't believe them but Lennie is so caught up in the thought of their dream that he can't seem to see something ever going wrong with it.
Lennie had killed Curley's wife which was a very bad thing. Candy knows that there is no way that Lennie can come back and live out his dream, which brings him to question George if just the two of them can. George doesn't answer him which answers his question. By knowing that their dream is ruined, all hope is lost for any good future.
"Before George answered, Candy dropped his head and looked down at the hay. He knew."
George had shot Lennie, so not only will it allow him to be with his friend in the last moments but also so no one put him in any mental home. As George pulled that trigger, it put a final end to their dream. George knew that being with his bestfriend and living off the fatta the lan' was never going to actually happen.