CHAPTER 1. 1
CHAPTER 2. 3
CHAPTER 3. 5
CHAPTER 4. 7
CHAPTER 5. 8
CHAPTER 6. 10
It is morning at the ranch where Lennie and George have come to work. An old man named Candy leads them to the bunkhouse where they will stay.
Lennie remains silent as George asks Candy about the condition of the bunkhouse and the nature of the boss. Candy diplomatically states that the boss “gets pretty mad sometimes, but he’s pretty nice.”
At Christmas, for example, the boss gave the ranch workers a gallon of whiskey to share. Even Crooks, the black stable worker who is generally segregated from the white workers, was allowed to join the party.
Curley’s wife asks Lennie why he’s so “nuts about rabbits,” and Lennie explains, “I like to pet nice things with my fingers, sof’ things,” like rabbits and velvet.
Curley’s wife mentions how soft and fine her hair is, and she places Lennie’s hand on her head so he can feel it. When he holds on too tight, she asks him to let go, and Lennie freezes with panic.
Curley’s wife screams, and Lennie closes his hand over her face. He asks her not to scream.
This panics her all the more, and she struggles to break free of Lennie’s grip. Anger overtakes Lennie, and he shakes her, breaking her neck and killing her.