The novel, which happens throughout the truly amazing Depression, starts near the Salinas River near Soledad, California, where two migrant employees, Lennie Small , George Milton, are walking enroute to some nearby ranch. They've lately steered clear of from the farm near Weed where Lennie, a psychologically deficient yet gentle guy, was wrongly charged with rape as he touched a lady to feel her soft dress.
Because they walk along, George scolds Lennie for enjoying having a dead mouse and alerts him to not speak once they get to their new job. When Lennie gripes about not getting ketchup for that beans they eat for supper, George becomes angry, telling Lennie he could be best if he did not need to take proper care of him. Once they constitute, George repeats to Lennie the particulars of the dream - he and Lennie will raise enough money to purchase an area of land, where they're going to have a little farm having a vegetable patch along with a rabbit hutch. The rabbit hutch may be the only detail from the plan that Lennie consistently takes note of. George informs Lennie that, if he will get into trouble because he did in Weed, he should go back to the comb close to the river and watch for George to locate him.
When George and Lennie achieve the bunkhouse in the farm where they are effective, a classic guy named Chocolate shows them their beds and informs them the boss was angry they did not appear the evening before. Soon, in charge questions George and Lennie. He finds out Lennie's mental impairment and can't realise why George would travel with him until George lies and states that Lennie is his cousin. Following the boss leaves, his boy, Curley, makes its way into the bunkhouse. Curley is really a short guy who hates bigger males from jealousy and insecurity he's a brand new wife whom everybody suspects is disloyal. His wife visits the bunkhouse later that evening trying to find Curley and flirts using the other males. Later, Curley returns searching for his wife and tries to begin a grapple with George.