Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
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On pages 38-43, George and Slim are alone in the bunkhouse after dinner. The two men are talking about how Slim gave Lennie a puppy, while the skinner says that it isn't a big deal, George insists on thanking him. As they talk, their conversation switches from puppies to Lennie, and George accidentally slips up, and mentions how Lennie got into trouble in Weed. This picks Slim's interest, and he asks what happened. George proceeds to recount the tale, and how Lennie liked the look of a red dress a girl was wearing, and touched it. The girl got scared and began to screaming, resulting in Lennie getting scared and not letting go of her dress, only holding on tighter. After George got Lennie to let go, she ran to the authorities, so George and Lennie had to hide in an irrigation ditch before running away in the dark of the night so Lennie wouldn’t be prosecuted. Slim isn't at all repulsed by the story, instead seeming to sympathize with the two. Lennie then comes into the bunkhouse, curling up on his bed, and George realizes that his large companion is trying to hide the puppy Slim gave him from the two, because he was told to leave him alone with the mother. After scolding him, George sends him back to the barn to put the puppy back.

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  • It wasn't nothing, I would of had to drowned most of 'em anyways. No need to thank me about that.  (Pg 38)
  • What'd he do in Weed?
  • But he gets in trouble alla time because he's so God damn dumb. Like what happened in Weed... (Pg 41)
  • George and Slim entered the bunkhouse after having dinner at the main house. Over the meal Slim had agreed to let Lennie have one of his newborn puppies, this prompted George to thank him for his kindness.
  • After getting settled around the table with their playing cards in hand, the two men began to talk about themselves and this lead to the topic of George and Lennie travelling together. While speaking George accidentally mentioned the ugly situation that Lennie had gotten himself into in Weed. This of course caused Slim to ask about what had happened in Weed, and George reluctantly agreed to recount the story. 
  • Now Leaving Weed
  • They had been working on a ranch in Weed and Lennie had spotted a girl in a pretty red dress. He had just wanted to touch the dress but when the girl saw what he was doing she began to scream. This frightened Lennie and so he simply held on to the dress.
  • Give 'um to me George. I'll take 'um back. I didn't mean no harm, George. Honest I didnt. I jus' wanted to pet 'um a little. (Pg 43)
  • After George brought Lennie back to his senses, and the girl was let go, she ran immediately to the authorities. The two men were forced to hide out in an irrigation ditch until nightfall.
  • Once it was dark George and Lennie ran down the dirt road from Weed as fast as they could. And, that was the end of Georges tale.
  • As soon as George had finished talking Lennie waltzed through the door and curled up on his bunk. Knowing something was up George walked over to him and took the tiny puppy from Lennie. Lennie promised to put the pup back with it's mother in the barn. After all, he just wanted to pet him.
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