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Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
Slim Timeline and Summary
Slim comes into the bunkhouse and meets George and Lennie. Slim has given one of his pups to Lennie, unfortunately signing that puppy’s death warrant. Slim talks to George about why he is with Lennie. He recognizes that Lennie is just like a kid and not mean-intentioned at all. Slim says that Carlson should be allowed to shoot Candy’s dog. He (sensitively) reminds Carlson to take a shovel and bury the thing. Slim goes out to the barn. Slim comes back to the bunkhouse. Curley has been accusing Slim of messing around with his wife, so Slim is not too happy. He takes control of the situation once Lennie crushes Curley’s hand, and decides what should be done. It is not explicitly stated whether or not Slim goes to the brothel, but we assume that he does. Slim plays horseshoes with the guys. Slim sees Curley’s wife dead in the barn. Slim suggests that Curley stay with his wife instead of going on a manhunt. Curley is too filled with self-righteous anger to pay any attention to this wise suggestion. Slim tells George that it would be bad if Lennie got locked up like an animal. Slim takes care of George after the shooting, and reassures him that he did the right and necessary thing. Slim takes George to get a drink.