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Of Mice and Men By John Stienbeck In the beginning of the story two men named George Milton and Lennie Small are trying to make their way to a small ranch in Salinas Valley California George is the leader of their two man tribe despite Lennies intimidating size George is filled with determination and confidence while Lennie is a simple man with a big heart Up north they had recently been run out of a town called Weed on account of Lennie First of all Lennie is not very smart and becomes frightened and confused easily Also he enjoys petting animals and feelingthings that grab his attention One night in Weed Lennie and George had gone to a pool hall Lennie saw a girl wearing a bright red dress He grabbed on to the sleeve of her dress The girl became scared and screamed this frightened Lennie He did not know what to do so he held on to the dress tighter The next day George found out that the girl went to the police and pressed charges against Lennie The police were all over town looking for him George and Lennie escaped by hiding in an irrigation ditch until nightfall and then leaving town After that they hitchhiked all the way to Salinas Valley California where the story continues The next day they arrived at their destination the ranch where the would be working That day they met someone named Candy He was an old man who had been working on the farm for many years He also had an old dog It was so stiff with rheumatism it could hardly walk A few minutes later someone else walked into the bunk His name was Curly and he was the bosss son Curly was extremely hostile towards the newcomers especially Lennie George predicts Curly will present future problems and advises Lennie to keep out of Curleys way George is trying to keep Lennie from
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