Since the death of its original owner Dora, the local brothelThe Bear Flag Restaurant, is now being run by Dora's older sister Fauna, a former mission worker previously known as Flora. Under Fauna, the girls of the Bear Flag study etiquette and posture with the goal of joining Fauna's list of "gold stars," former employees of the Bear Flag who have married and left their employ there.
Table of Contents Plot Overview Two migrant workers, George and Lennie, have been let off a bus miles away from the California farm where they are due to start work. Overcome with thirst, the two stop in a clearing by a pool and decide to camp for the night.
As the two converse, it becomes clear that Lennie has a mild mental disability, and is deeply devoted to George and dependent upon him for protection and guidance. George finds that Lennie, who loves petting soft things but often accidentally kills them, has been carrying and stroking a dead mouse.
George angrily throws it away, fearing that Lennie might catch a disease from the dead animal. George complains loudly that his life would be easier without having to care for Lennie, but the reader senses that their friendship and devotion is mutual.
George ends the night by treating Lennie to the story he often tells him about what life will be like in such an idyllic place. The next day, the men report to the nearby ranch. He lies, explaining that they travel together because they are cousins and that a horse kicked Lennie in the head when he was a child.
Curley is newly married, possessive of his flirtatious wife, and full of jealous suspicion. Soon, the ranch-hands return from the fields for lunch, and George and Lennie meet Slim, the skilled mule driver who wields great authority on the ranch.
Slim comments on the rarity of friendship like that between George and Lennie. The next day, George confides in Slim that he and Lennie are not cousins, but have been friends since childhood. He tells how Lennie has often gotten them into trouble. Slim agrees to give Lennie one of his puppies, and Carlson continues to badger Candy to kill his old dog.
When Slim agrees with Carlson, saying that death would be a welcome relief to the suffering animal, Candy gives in. Carlson, before leading the dog outside, promises to do the job painlessly.
Slim goes to the barn to do some work, and Curley, who is maniacally searching for his wife, heads to the barn to accost Slim. The three make a pact to let no one else know of their plan. Slim returns to the bunkhouse, berating Curley for his suspicions. Curley, searching for an easy target for his anger, finds Lennie and picks a fight with him.
Slim warns Curley that if he tries to get George and Lennie fired, he will be the laughingstock of the farm.
The next night, most of the men go to the local brothel. Lennie is left with Crooks, the lonely, black stable-hand, and Candy. This thought amuses her.
The next day, Lennie accidentally kills his puppy in the barn. She admits that life with Curley is a disappointment, and wishes that she had followed her dream of becoming a movie star.
Lennie tells her that he loves petting soft things, and she offers to let him feel her hair. When he grabs too tightly, she cries out.Journey into the lungs of mice infected with influenza Date: June 25, Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison Summary: A new tool they call FluVision allows researchers to witness influenza.
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck.
Published in , it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes Of Mice and Men Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays.
Of Mice and Men takes place during America's Great Depression, which lasted from the Stock Market Crash of October until 12 years later when World War II began. One result of the Depression was a lack of steady jobs, which resulted in an increase in the number of itinerant workers.
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