Chapter One: George Yells At Lennie For What He Did In Weed
Jus' wanted to feel that girl's dress-jus' wanted to pet it like it was a mouse - Well, how the hell did she know you jus' wanted to feel her dress? She jerks back and you hold onto it like it was a mouse. She yells and we got to hide in a irrigation ditch all day with guys lookin' for us, and we got to sneak out in the dark and get outta the country. All the time somethin' like that-all the time.
Chapter Two: George Lectures Lennie For Staring At Curley's Wife
George looked quickly down at him and then he took him by an ear and shook him.
4. I never meant no harm, George. Honest I never.
2. I never done nothing, George.
3. No, you never. But when she was standin' in the doorway showin' her legs, you wasn't looking the other way, neither.
1. Listen to me you crazy bastard! Don't even take a look at that bitch. I don't care what she says and what she does. I seen em' poison before, but I never seen no peice of jail bait worse than her. You leave her be.
Chapter Three: Candy Doesn't Want To Let Go Of His Dog
2. Well-hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him. You wouldn't think it to look at him now, but he was the best sheep dog I ever seen.
4. No. No, I couldn't just do that. I had 'im too long.
3. Look, Candy. This ol' dog jus' suffers hisself all the time. If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head-right there, why he'd never know what hit him.
5. He don't have no fun. And he stinks to beat hell. Tell you what. I'll shoot him for you. Then it won't be you that does it.
1. He ain't no good to you, Candy. An' he ain't no good to himself. Why'n't you shoot him, Candy?
After Lennie asks for ketchup with his beans, George gets infuriated and begins to yell at him for what he did to that girl back in Weed. Then he expresses how annoying it is to deal with Lennie all the time. This shows conflict George has with Lennie. This Also characterizes Lennie by showing his lack of self control around animals and people. The theme is how Lennie always gets him and George in trouble.
Chapter Four: Crooks Talks To Lennie About Isolation
I didn't mean to scare you. He'll come back. I was talkin' about myself. A guy sets alone out at night, maybe readin' books or thinkin' or stuff like that. Sometimes he gets thinkin', an' he got nothing to tell him what's so an' what ain't so. Maybe if he see somethin', he don't know whether it's right or not. He can't turn to some other guy and ast him if he sees it too. He can't tell. He got nothing to measure by. I seen things out there. I wasn't drunk. I don't know if I was asleep. If some guy was with me, he could tell me I was asleep, an' then it would be all right. But I jus' don't know.
Lennie stares at Curley's wife the whole time she was there. Once she leaves, George yells at Lennie and tells him to stay away from her. Since the wife is wearing red (like the girl in Weed), this foreshadows a future conflict with her and Lennie. Also, her wearing read symbolizes a danger to stay away from. Lennie seems to have an attraction to the color red. The theme of this scene is being attracted to something considered dangerous.
Chapter Five: George Gives Up On The Dream
2. -I think I knowed from the very first. I think I know'd we'd never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.
3. Then-it's all off?
1. You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George? You an' me can go there an' live nice, can't we, George? Can't we?
Carslon tells Candy to kill his old dog, but Candy doesn't want to because he raised it since it was a puppy. This is a metaphor for both Lennie and the dream. Both the dream and Lennie are considered sick and defective. Just like Candy, George doesn't want to let go of Lennie because he had him for so long. The theme is of holding onto something that's hopeless, like a dream or a person.
Chapter Six: George Kills Lennie
After teasing Lennie with the thought of George leaving, Crooks apologizes. Then he explains how isolated he is. He then thinks back to a time when he had company. This uses the element of flashbacks to show how happy Crooks once was, and what he misses. The theme of this scene is isolation, and how scary and depressing it can be.
I remember when I was a little kid on my old man's chicken ranch. Had two brothers. They was always near me, always there. Used to sleep right in the same room, right in the same bed-all three. Had a strawberry patch. Had an alfalfa patch. Used to turn the chickens out in the alfalfa on a sunny morning. My brothers'd set on a fence rail an' watch 'em-white chickens they was.
George wun't go away and leave me. I know George wun't do that.
After George and Candy stumble across Lennie's victim (the wife), Candy asks if they can still live out the dream. However, George disappoints him. He says he knew that it would fail all along. Them seeing Curley's wife dead represents them realizing that the dream is dead. Lennie had killed both Curley's wife and the dream. The theme of this scene is realizing that the dream is dead.
4. I'll work my month an' I'll take my fifty bucks an' I'll stay all night in some lousy cat house. Or I'll set in some poolroom till ever'body goes home. An' then I'll come back an' work another month an' I'll have fifty bucks more.
George and Lennie are back where they were in the beginning. Lennie turns around and talks about the dream before George shoots him in his head. The element of repitition shows that they ended up back where they started in the beginning. George killing Lennie symbolizes George killing the dream. Also, the ashes from their old fire represents the dead dream, and the snake represents evil. The theme is finally letting go of the dream.