George discovers that Lennie is concealing a dead mouse in his pocket and scolds him.
The duo reaches the ranch, and George instructs Lennie to keep quiet so that he doesn’t ruin their opportunity for employment.
Lennie, simple-minded and sweet, unwantedly held onto a girl’s soft dress, subsequently frightening her.
On the lam, George and Lennie make their way to Soledad.
George befriends an old ranch hand with a bad back named Candy.
Candy offers his savings to be a part of George and Lennie’s dream farm, a reality that would not be possible without Candy’s funds.He finds Lennie in the brush, just where he had instructed Lennie to go in the event of something “bad” happening.George tells Lennie to look out over the water and calms him with the sweet tales of their dream farm.This 32-page guide for “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 6 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis.Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like The Fragility of Dreams and Depression-Era Loneliness and Isolation.In these scenes the dream seems more of a spell or placebo to keep the main characters safe than something that is really possible. The reader is made to question how realistic these dreams are.Super Summary, a modern alternative to Spark Notes and Cliffs Notes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature.This is emphasised by the simple, mantra-like structure, where Lennie keeps filling in the gaps if George hesitates, and repeating short phrases after him as if he knows it by heart, even though – as George says frustratedly, Lennie always ‘forgets’ everything else.It is not always certain if George believes the dream is possible or if he is saying it to keep Lennie quiet.After Lennie’s death, it might be possible for George to realise his dream, but the emptiness at the end of the novel shows that financial success is nothing when you are lonely.So the dream is not just something to own, or possess, but also something to share.