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Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
George Milton Timeline and Summary
George and Lennie spend the night by the Salinas River in northern California. They argue over Lennie's mouse and obsession with soft things, and discuss their dreams of a farm they can own. After telling Lennie to come back to this exact spot if he does something "bad," George takes Lennie to the new ranch near Soledad, California. At the ranch, George looks out for Lennie, getting him a puppy, telling him to keep his mouth shut, and warning him to fight back if Curley attacks him. When news gets out about their plan to buy a farm, he's pretty ticked off. George finds out that Lennie has killed Curley's wife, and has a moral crisis when he tries to decide whether to let things play out or give Lennie and clean death. He decides on a clean death. After stealing Carlson's gun and misdirecting the search party, he heads north to the river and finds Lennie. George tells Lennie the story of the dream farm just before shooting him in the back of the head. When the other men arrive, George pretends that Lennie had Carlson's gun. George goes off for a (very stiff) drink with Slim.