“You know God damn well what. I want that mouse.”
They made their beds on the sand
A tall, stoop-shouldered old man came out.
"The boss was expectin' ya last night."
George’s hand remained outstretched imperiously. Slowly, like a terrier who doesn’t want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again. George snapped his fingers sharply, and at the sound Lennie laid the mouse in his hand.
She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.
“I’m lookin’ for Curley,”
They made their beds on the sand, and as the blaze dropped from the fire the sphere of light grew smaller; the curling branches disappeared and only a faint glimmer showed where the tree trunks were.
Slim sat down on a box across the table from George.
“Can’t hardly see nothing in here. You the new guys?”
The wooden latch raised. The door opened and a tall, stoop-shouldered old man came in. He was dressed in blue jeans and he carried a big push-broom in his left hand. Behind him came George, and behind George, Lennie.
Slim moved back slightly so the light was not on his face. “Funny how you an’ him string along together.” It was Slim’s calm invitation to confidence.
“Say, you sure was right about him. Maybe he ain’t bright, but I never seen such a worker. He damn near killed his partner buckin’ barley. There ain’t nobody can keep up with him. God awmighty, I never seen such a strong guy.”
She smiled archly and twitched her body. “Nobody can’t blame a person for lookin’,” she said
“I gotta pair of punks on my team that don’t know a barley bag from a blue ball. You guys ever bucked any barley?”“Hell, yes,” said George. “I ain’t nothing to scream about, but that big bastard there can put up more grain alone than most pairs can.”Lennie, who had been following the conversation back and forth with his eyes, smiled complacently at the compliment.
“What’s funny about it?” George demanded defensively.“Oh, I dunno. Hardly none of the guys ever travel together. I hardly never seen two guys travel together. You know how the hands are, they just come in and get their bunk and work a month, and then they quit and go out alone.