What happened to Lennie's puppy in "Of Mice and Men"? What is his reaction?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Lennie accidentally kills his puppy, probably by squeezing him or hitting him too hard. Although Lennie is upset at the death of his puppy, he is more concerned about George's reaction. He is afraid that when George sees he killed his puppy, George will not let him tend the rabbits on the farm they have dreamed about owning. So, he tries to hide the body of the puppy only to have it discovered by Curley's wife. This leads to further disaster. Lennie's has been told to stay away from Curley's wife but, after a conversation with her, he accidentally kills her as well. This event forces George to have to make a final decision about what to do about Lennie. Curley's wife is not an animal and this escalation of Lennie's uncontrollable control over his own strength means Lennie faces execution or long prison term.

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Lennie "loves his puppy to death". Not knowing his own strength, Lennie was too rough with his puppy and ended up killing it. Like the dead mouse he had at the beginning, Lennie continues to stroke it because it's soft. Lennie's biggest fear at this point, though, is George's reaction. Lennie is afraid that since he killed the puppy, George will not allow him to take care of the rabbits when they get their ranch.

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olayiwolatimi | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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lennie tells crooks about the land. what is his reply at first


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