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Summary John Steinbeck wrote the book Of Mice Men in 1937 during the Great Depression The book is about the lives of two men who travel from job to job working on ranches and farms These two main characters are George Milton and Lennie Small George is a short slight man and Lennie is a large mildly retarded man George looks out for Lennie and in return George gets companionship and protection from Lennie The other characters in the book all on a ranch near Soledad are Candy a swamper or handyman Crooks a black stable buck Slim the jerkline skinner Curley the bosss son and Curleys new young wife Of Mice Men starts out with George and Lennie walking from the bus stop to the ranch where they have a new job On their way to the ranch George instructs Lennie on how to act with their new boss so they dont lose this job like they lost their previous one They decide to camp next to a pool of water They discuss how they are going to spend the money they earn to buy land and start their own farm They sit by the fire and talk about this dream George tells Lennie to come back to this camp place if he gets into trouble like he did in the last town They make their beds next to the fire and go to sleep The next morning George and Lennie walk the rest of the way to the ranch They get settled into the bunkhouse and make friends with Candy who gave them their bed assignments The bosss son Curley comes in looking for his wife and harasses Lennie even though George tries to answer all Curleys questions According to Candy Curleys like a lot of little guys He hates big guys Hes alla time picking scraps with big guys Kind of like hes mad at em
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