What does Lennie want George to ask Slim?
Chapter 2- Of Mice and Men
I keep trying to look for the answer but keep slipping on what the answer is. If i could know what the answer is I will study it and learn it. =)
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In chapter one of John Steinbeck's novella, Of Mice and Men, the reader learns that Lennie is obsessed with soft, small things. He is carrying around a dead mouse with him that he likes to stroke when George isn't looking. He gets upset with George when he makes him throw it away. In the second chapter of the novella, Lennie overhears Slim talking about the litter of pups his dog has just delivered. Lennie grows very excited about the prospect of owning one of Slim's puppies, and he begs George to ask Slim if it would be ok if he could have one. George reluctantly agrees, but does so knowing how important it is to Lennie.
My best guess about the answer you are looking for is that Lennie wants George to ask Slim if Lennie can have one of the puppies that Slim's dog just gave birth to. In my copy of the book, this happens on pages 36 and 37 -- my book has 107 pages, if that will help you find the place I am talking about.
Lennie loves little animals -- loves to pet them in particular. He likes mice but he always seems to kill them. So he wants a puppy and George seems to think that maybe a puppy will be big enough so that Lennie will not kill it when petting it the way he always kills the mice.
I hope that's what you were thinking of...
In the story "Of Mice and Men" Lennie finds out that Slim has puppies. Lennie wants one very badly. The more he thinks about it the more excited he becomes. He tells George to ask Slim for a brown and white puppy.
The reader is aware that Lennie has accidentally killed small animals in the past. There arises some degree of concern when the reader becomes aware that he wants a puppy. However, there is also foreshadowing as to what will happen to the puppy. Slim does not know this but George should.
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