By John Steinbeck
A arguable story of friendship and tragedy through the nice Depression
They are an not going pair: George is "small and fast and darkish of face"; Lennie, a guy of super measurement, has the brain of a tender baby. but they've got shaped a "family," clinging jointly within the face of loneliness and alienation.
Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle paintings once they can, residing a hand-to-mouth life. For George and Lennie have a plan: to possess an acre of land and a shack they could name their very own. once they land jobs on a ranch within the Salinas Valley, the achievement in their dream appears to be like inside their snatch. yet even George can't defend Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious girl, nor expect the implications of Lennie's loyal obedience to the issues George taught him.
"A mystery, a gripping story . . . that you're going to no longer set down till it really is entire. Steinbeck has touched the quick." —The long island Times
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And Lennie responded her, "I attempted, Aunt Clara, ma'am. i attempted and attempted. I couldn' aid it. " "You by no means provide a suggestion to George," she went on in Lennie's voice. "He been doin' great issues for you alla time. while he obtained a section of pie you usually bought part or more'n part. An' in the event that they was once any ketchup, why he'd provide all of it to you. " "I know," acknowledged Lennie miserably. "I attempted, Aunt Clara, ma'am. i attempted and attempted. " She interrupted him. "All the time he coulda had the sort of sturdy time if it wasn't for you. He woulda took his pay an' raised hell in a whore condo, and he coulda set in a poolroom an' performed snooker. yet he bought to keep up you. " Lennie moaned with grief. "I recognize, Aunt Clara, ma'am. i'm going to cross correct off within the hills an' i'm going to fin' a cave an' i will dwell there so I will not be not more difficulty to George. " "You jus' say that," she acknowledged sharply. "You're al-ways sayin' that, an' you recognize sonofabitching good you ain't by no means gonna do it. you will jus' stick round an' stew the b'Jesus outa George for all time. " Lennie acknowledged, "I may possibly jus' to boot depart. George ain't gonna permit me have a tendency no rabbits now. " Aunt Clara used to be long gone, and from out of Lennie's head there got here a big rabbit. It sat on its haunches in entrance of him, and it waggled its ears and crinkled its nostril at him. And it spoke in Lennie's voice too. "Tend rabbits," it stated scornfully. "You loopy bastard. You ain't healthy to lick the boots of no rabbit. you'll omit 'em and permit 'em move hungry. that is what you'll do. An' then what might George imagine? " "I wouldn't forget," Lennie stated loudly. "The hell you wouldn'," stated the rabbit. "You ain't worthy a greased jack-pin to ram you into hell. Christ understands George performed ever'thing he may possibly to jack you outa the sewer, however it do not do no solid. when you imagine George gonna allow you to have a tendency rabbits, you are even crazier'n ordinary. He ain't. he is gonna endure hell outa you with a stick, that is what he is gonna do. " Now Lennie retorted belligerently, "He ain't neither. George will not do not anything like that. i have knew George since-1 put out of your mind when-and he ain't by no means raised his ban' to me with a stick. he is great to me. He ain't gonna be suggest. " "Well, he is ailing of you," acknowledged the rabbit. "He's gonna beat hell outa you an' then depart an' depart you. " "He won't," Lennie cried frantically. "He will not do not anything like that. i do know George. Me an' him travels jointly. " however the rabbit repeated softly many times, "He gonna depart you, ya loopy bastard. He gonna depart ya on their own. He gonna depart ya, loopy bastard. " Lennie placed his fingers over his ears. "He ain't, I inform ya he ain't. " And he cried, "Oh! George-George--George! " George got here quietly out of the comb and the rabbit scuttled again into Lennie's mind. George stated quietly, "What the hell you yellin' approximately? " Lennie obtained up on his knees. "You ain't gonna depart me, are ya, George? i do know you ain't. " George got here stiffly close to and sat down beside him. "No. " "I knowed it," Lennie cried. "You ain't that sort. " George used to be silent. Lennie stated, "George. " "Yeah ? " "I performed one other undesirable factor.