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Of Mice and Men The novel opens with the description of a riverbed in rural California Two migrant workers George and Lennie camp for the night in a river bottom Lennie is a large gentle mentally retarded man devoted to George and dependant upon him for protection and guidance Lennie is a lover of soft things and she likes mice but he often kills the mice accidentally because of his strength They go to see the boss and hope to find a job so that can save up their money and buy their own farm They are greeted by Candy who lost his right hand Unfortunately they are a day late to see the boss but because of George intelligence in speaking the boss hires them They are assigned to one of the grain teams working under a man called Slim They also meet a Curley the bosss aggressive son Curley is newly married and jealous of his flirtatious wife When Candy leaves Curleys wife appears and flirts with the two companions Lennie thinks she is pretty and George immediately warns him to stay away from her Slim comments on Lennie and Georges friendship Then Carlson another ranch hand comes in and suggests that since Slims dog has just given birth they should offer a puppy to Candy and shoot Candys dog The next day George tells Slim that he and Lennie have been friends since childhood He recounts how Lennie often gets them in trouble He mentions to Slim that at their last job Lennie tried to touch a womans dress and was accused of rape Slim has given Lennie one of his pups and now Carlson asks Candy to take a puppy and kill his dog When Slim agrees with Carlson they shoot at Candys dog from the back of the head Candy hears Lennie and George talking about buying a land if they will let him live there when slim and
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