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Of Mice and Men Chapter Summaries Chapter One George and Lennie are two migrant American laborers Lennie is huge and very strong but has the intellect of a child George is a small but clever man Both men arrive in a clearing beside the Salinas River one evening They had meant to arrive at a ranch where they were to work by this time but their bus driver had tricked them into getting off the bus too early and they had to walk a long wayWhile they sit in the clearing George instructs Lennie not to say a word when the Boss talks to them the following day because he fears they wont be hired if Lennie is suspected of being stupid Lennie promises not to say anythingWhile the two men talk we learn a little about their past They had to flee the town of Weed after Lennie had got into some trouble thereThe two men set up camp in the clearing They heat up some beans to eat and then they continue their conversation During this conversation it is revealed that in Weed Lennie had tried to feel a girls dress and she had cried out that he was raping her George and Lennie had to hide in an irrigation ditch to escape the wrath of the townspeople Also Lennie and George talk about their great dream that some day they will buy a farm and settle down togetherAfter talking for a while both men fall asleep Chapter Two The next afternoon George and Lennie arrive at the ranch and are ushered into their bunkhouse by an old man whose name we later learn is Candy He works as a swamper mopping the floors and has lost his right hand in some accident He tells George and Lennie that
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