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In Chapter 1, what does George tell Lennie to do if he gets in trouble at their new job...

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keithd1717 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM via web

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In Chapter 1, what does George tell Lennie to do if he gets in trouble at their new job site in Of Mice and Men?

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM (Answer #2)

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George tells Lennie to 'hide in the brush'. He makes Lennie repeat this over and over as this is a vital message that George needs his friend to understand. Lennie has many weaknesses mentally but he can remember what George tells him - when it is most important.

The incident tells us that George needs to prepare Lennie for an escape should things go wrong. It also tells us that George does not have high expectations of this position being any more successful than the others they have held together.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM (Answer #1)

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During this chapter, George and Lennie are camped at this beautiful and peaceful little spot near the river.  They are going to go to the ranch the next day.

George tells Lennie (right at the end of Chapter 1) that if Lennie gets in trouble at the ranch he should run away and come right back here to this same spot and George will find him.

This is foreshadowing.  I suppose I shouldn't say more in case you haven't read the book all the way through.  But that's why this is important -- it's foreshadowing.

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