Two migrant workers, George and Lennie are escaping a town called "Weed." Lennie mistakenly grabbed a women by her dress, and was accused of rape. Both of them are now hiding out on The Salinas River in California.
Lennie and George are friends and only have each other. Lennie has a mental disability that makes him act like a child and he tends to forget things. This is why they always find themselves in trouble.
Go hide in the bush on the river.
Curley, the boss's son, immediately dislikes Lennie and picks on him. Curley's wife flirts with everyone on the ranch to seek attention. Lennie and George become friends with Candy and Slim.
Lennie was tending a puppy Slim gave him. Curley's wife interrupts him and they began to talk. Eventually Lennie has his hand on her hair because he likes soft things. She gets annoyed and nervous and tells him to stop. Lennie panicks and accidentally breaks her neck.
George gave Lennie instructions, if anything bad were to occur he would go hide in a bush by the river. George meets him over there.
George shoots Lennie before Curley can find him. The reader feels sorrow for George having to kill his bestfriend.