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Salinas Valley California during the Great Depression in the 1930s Lennie Small and his friend George Milton were forced to leave their homes because Lennie was accused of raping a girl from another town The book begins with the two of them hiding from the angry townspeople Lennie had a tendency to kill small soft animals by accident he was unaware of his own strength This repeatedly leads to severe problems George Milton - George is small intelligent dark of face has restless eyes and sharp strong features with every part of him defined He is a cousin to Lennie and loves him very much Always has to bail Lennie out of his troubles Lennie Small - Lennie is unnaturally large and has a shapeless face He drags his feet when he walks and lets his arms hang He is mentally retarded and needs Georges constant attention and care He has an infatuation with anything soft and furry He acts impulsively which gets him and George into trouble numerous times Curley - Curley is the bosss son and was a welterweight boxer He was short and stocky and wore high-heeled boots and spurs to prove he wasnt a laboring man He believes himself superior to everyone Candy-He is an old man that is missing a handHe is an outcast and is discriminated against He offers his life savings to George and Lennie to help finance their dream He wants to be a part of it and live on the farm with them He has a friend and long time companion his dog Candy is afraid of being alone but he consents to the killing of his dog and wishes he could have killed him himself after it is over Candy represents what will ultimately happen to all ranch hands They will get old and have no place to go Candy is very old and has hardly any money to his name Crooks-Black stable worker He
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