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Of mice and men is a novel about two men George Milton and Lennie Small who go to work on a ranch in California together Lennie is a massive man with incredible strength but has a childs mind George is a fairly sized man who is not incredibly brilliant but has good common sense The two men travel from town to town and job to job to just get by and survive But they dream of saving up enough money to someday get a place of their own where they wont have to answer to no one and live off the fatta the land Lennie dreams of having rabbits of his own that he can take care of all by himself The ranch they go to work at is in Soledad California When they arrive they go to their bunk house where they meet Candy Candy is an old weathered man who has been working on the ranch for years He befriends George and Lennie and they confide to him their dreams of having their own place Candy tells them that he has saved up a descent sum of money and asks if he can tag along in the adventure if he pays his share Another man on the ranch Slim gives Lennie a puppy to play with but Lennie feebleminded and sweet attempts to love even the gentlest of creatures but as he only has a childlike understanding of his enormous strength the results are often tragic Curly is the bosss son and sensing Lennies simple mind he attempts to intimidate and antagonize him not anticipating his strength He hits Lennie because he thinks Lennie is teasing him Lennie tries to resist fighting as long as he can but after suffering many blows to the face from Curly he grabs Curlys hand and squeezes it so
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