Lennie covers her mouth and accidentally snaps her neck. Surprisingly, George does not seem to be mad at him for doing such a bad thing. When Curley comes and sees his murdered wife, he vows to kill Lennie slowly and painfully. They set up camp and George sends Lennie off to look for firewood so that they can heat up some beans. She tells him he can touch her hair, but when Lennie strokes it too hard and messes it up, she gets angry. The boss, a stocky man in a Stetson hat, flannel shirt and boots with spurs, employs the two men anyways, and Lennie manages to stay quiet as George arranges their employment. She tries to push him away.
That evening, Carlson complains bitterly about Candy's dog, which is old, arthritic, and smells. Curley's wife, lonely and desperate, sits beside him. The men in the house discover what has happened, and so does George, so he hurries to meet Lennie at the designated place. George warns him to stay clear -- she's trouble. She mocks the men as weak and says she's so lonely that she's stooped to talking to them. Lennie smashes all the bones in Curley's hand.
Knowing he has done something bad, he goes to the hiding place by the stream. Played by , she enjoys her little starring role on the farm -- likes to know the eyes of the men follow her as she walks across the yard, just as in Paris a woman walks a little differently past a cafe. When George again tells Lennie the story about the house that they will have, Candy overhears. Once again, George privately reminds Lennie to run away and hide in the brush if he gets into trouble again. Two of them are George and Lennie, who together might make a perfect person, Lennie with his great strength and simplicity, George with his intelligence and cunning. Together, they have hope and solidarity.
Slim introduces the two men to another field hand, Carlson, and shares that his dog had nine puppies last night, four of which he had to drowned so that the others could live. Instead he moved to New York in 1925 to become a freelance writer. Plans change, however, when Lennie encounters trouble with fellow worker Curley, who finds Lennie involved with his wife. George is a man that is smaller in stature with sharp features, and is smart, clever, and full of wit. Lennie even fantasizes about living in a cave like a bear. Crooks enjoys Lennie's company because he can say whatever he wants to him knowing that Lennie won't understand or remember.
When they find out Slim's dog recently had puppies, Lennie insists that George ask Slim if he can have one. This death parallels the earlier death of Candy's old dog which Carlson shot in the back of the head to put it out of its misery. Then Candy joins them and begins talking to Lennie about their plan to buy a farm. The most sincere compliment I can pay them is to say that all of them - writer and actors - have taken every unnecessary gesture, every possible gratuitous note, out of these characters. Their night ends with George telling Lennie a story about how great life would be. John Steinbeck grew up in and around Salinas, California. George takes the mouse away from Lennie and reminds him of the trouble Lennie got into in the last town they were in — he touched a girl's soft dress.
Lennie, however, fails to remember even the slightest detail of their current prospect. And George emphasizes that this dream and their relationship make them different from other guys who don't have anyone or a place of their own. Despite this error, they get the job. Carlson, meanwhile, convinces Candy to let him shoot his dog. You want to get on this literary ride, trust me. As they make their way to the ranch, George often whines that his life would be so much easier without Lennie.
John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie were perhaps the two most famous chroniclers of the Great Depression. They made me dream about their rabbit farm, and cheer for them. As the sound of the approaching men gets louder, George takes out his gun and shoots his friend in his head. George is small and smart, Lennie is huge and mentally slow. I would not have thought I could believe the line about the rabbits one more time, but this movie made me do it, as Lennie asks about the farm they'll own one day, and George says, yes, it will be just as they've imagined it. Curley is a short man who hates larger men out of jealousy and insecurity; he has a new wife whom everyone suspects is unfaithful. Crooks claims it will never work out.
Following World War I, crop prices plunged, forcing farmers to expand their farms and buy more equipment to make up for the shortfall. The conversation ends when Curley's wife enters. Soon, when the people return to the house, they also meet the mule driver called Slim. The conversation reveals that she doesn't like her husband Curley, and she knows that Lennie is the one who broke his hand when Curley recently started a fight with him. They bed down for the night, and George describes the farm that he and Lennie one day dream of owning together. Candy knows that Curley will organize a lynching party, and George says he is not going to let them hurt Lennie.