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The Plot The story opens with two traveling laborers named George Milton and Lennie Small on their way to a job loading barley at a California ranch It is Friday evening and they spend the night along the Salinas River before arriving at their new place of work a ranch the next morning Here the reader discovers the main personality differences between George and Lennie Because Lennie is slow mentally George acts as Lennies guardian taking care of the large child Theyve been traveling together for a long time since the passing away of Lennies Aunt Clara Also its stressed that Lennies habit of petting soft things such as a dead mouse or the dress of a woman often gets them into trouble - forcing the two men to continuously have to find new work Their dream is to own their own place and be their own bosses in the future There Lennie will be able to tend to the rabbits Upon arriving at the ranch they are met by an old man named Candy and his dog It is Candy who explains to them the ways of the ranch and the personalities of the other ranch hands Soon the boss enters the cabin to visit with his new workers quite angry that they had been too late for the morning shift He asks both George and Lennie questions which George proceeds to answer Eventually Lennie answers one question in his own unintelligent way George is angry but the boss is a bit suspicious The reader also meets Curleys seductive wife As usual she is looking for her husband as an excuse to meet and attempt to seduce the other workers Of course George and Candy deny her attempts but Lennie innocently defends her As George warns Lennie to stay away from her Lennie shows that he wants to leave Its mean here George agrees to leave once they have enough money
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