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Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

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Timeline of Events

  • Thursday afternoon

    Lennie and George arrive at tranquil pool, talk about their dream of buying a farm.

    Chapter 1
  • Friday

    Lennie and George arrive at ranch, have conflict with Curley, and meet Curley's wife.

    Chapter 2
  • Friday evening

    George and Lennie partner with Candy; Curley picks a fight with Lennie, who crushes Curley's hand.

    Chapter 3
  • Saturday evening

    Lennie and Candy visit Crooks in his room; Curley's wife joins them, flirts with Lennie.

    Chapter 4
  • Sunday

    Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife; Curley heads lynch mob to hunt down Lennie.

    Chapter 5
  • Later Sunday

    George shoots and kills Lennie in an act of mercy; lynch mob arrives.

    Chapter 6

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 Of Mice and Men is told from a third-person, objective point of view. It takes place near Soledad, California, and begin... Read More
Chapter 2 The bunkhouse at the ranch contains eight bunks, with an apple box above each bunk to hold the worker's paraphernalia. T... Read More
Chapter 3 In the bunkhouse, George thanks Slim for giving Lennie one of his pups. George then explains to Slim that a woman named ... Read More
Chapter 4 Crooks lives alone in a harness room in the barn. The room is filled with tools and with Crooks's personal possessions, ... Read More
Chapter 5 Alone in the barn, Lennie looks sadly at a dead puppy lying before him. Lennie has accidentally killed the puppy and fea... Read More
Chapter 6 Lennie arrives at the tranquil pool, drinks water from it, and sits and waits for George. He imagines Aunt Clara scoldin... Read More
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