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In the beginning sections of the novel, Lennie suggests quite a few times his fondness for little animals – mice, rabbits, and dogs. Although all of the men on the ranch do not seem very open and welcoming, Slim actually comments on how nice it is to see that two men who work together (George and Lennie) have a genuine friendship and that they can rely on one another and this creates a soft spot for Lennie in Slim’s eyes. Upon suggestion from Carlson, Slim decides to give Lennie one of the puppies that his dog just gave birth to. This is the kind act that Slim does for Lennie.
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