A timeline following the novel "Of Mice and Men"
Created by trevorsmith on Jan 31, 2011
Last updated: 02/14/11 at 10:20 AM
In this chapter, Lennie is left at the ranch while George, Slim, Carlson, and the others go into town. Lennie heads over to the barn to see the pups, but gets distracted when he sees that Crooks lives in the barn. He enters the room, despite Crooks telling him he's not welcome. They begin talking and Crooks starts worrying Lennie about George, asking Lennie what he would do if George didn't come back to the ranch. Lennie becomes defensive and Crooks instantly stops talking about it. They talk a bit more and Crooks tells Lennie why he thinks George travels around with him. Soon after, Candy comes in and joins the conversation. Soon after that, Curley's wife enters and disrupts everything. She goes a big rant about how they should respect her more and puts all of them down. As they hear the men returning Curley's wife asks about Curley's arm and what happened to it. They tell her their explanation about how Curley got his arm caught in a machine. She turns and asks Lennie and he says the same thing. So she leaves.
At the start of chapter 3, George and Slim are entering the bunkhouse. Slim has just let Lennie take care of the pups. They sit down at the card table and begin to talk about how George and Lennie travel around together. As they talk, George tells Slim about what happened in Weed.
As George and Slim finish talking, Lennie enters the bunkhouse, obviously hiding something in his jacket. He walks straight to his bunk and takes one of the pups out and begins petting it, still hiding it from George and Slim. George notices immediately and tells Lennie to take the pup back to the barn. As Lennie leaves, Candy and Carlson enter. Everyone gets mad at Candy because his dog has entered with him. The dog is very old and sick and can barely move. They yell at him to get the dog out. They give the idea of killing the dog and giving Candy one of the new pups to take care of instead. At first, Candy turns them down because he just can't bring himself to kill the dog because he has had the dog since it was a pup, but he eventually agrees.
In this chapter, George and Lennie arrive at the ranch where they will be beginning their new jobs. They are shown in by an old man with a broom, later known as Candy. he explains that they were expected the previous night and talks about how the boss gave the stable buck, later known as Crooks, hell when they didn't show up. He shows them to their bunks and explains about the Blacksmith, Whitey, who was there before them. He then leaves and they wait for the boss to come in and greet them.
In the second half of the chapter, the boss of the ranch comes into the bunk house to greet George and Lennie and to interview them for jobs. George answers all the questions and the boss begins to get suspicious. Closer to the end of the chapter, the rest of the characters are introduced. We meet Curley and his wife, Slim, and Carlson.
In the first chapter we meet Lennie Small and George Milton. They are two bindle stiffs who travel around together to work. The chapter introduces them arriving at a riverbank just outside Soledad, along the Salinas river. They are on their way to a ranch to work and they decide to camp out at the river for the night.
In the second half of this chapter, George notices Lennie acting a little more strange than usual and believes Lennie is hiding something in his pocket. When he confronts Lennie, Lennie at first argues he has nothing, but then reveals a dead mouse that he was carrying because he liked to pet it as he walked around. George took the mouse and threw it in the marsh. Later, when Lennie goes for firewood, he jumps in the water and fishes out the dead mouse. When he returns, George is waiting for him, knowing what he did. He asks again for the dead mouse and throws it across the river. Then they build a fire, eat dinner, and go to sleep.
The first chapter takes place on a riverbank near Soledad, California, along the Salinas River.
Lennie is described as " a man of tremendous size who has the mind of a young child" He is the fastest and strongest worker on the whole ranch. He is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, but his child-like brain causes him to do some not-so-nice-things by accident.
George Milton is a bindlestiff who travels around for work with his friend Lennie Small. George is the complete opposite of Lennie. George is shorter, quick, and smart. however, just like Lennie, George is a hard worker. He acts as a father figure to Lennie, making all of their decisions and choosing where they work. Together, they have a dream to make enough money to buy a small piece of farm land to live on and raise animals.