According to the dialogue in Chapter 1, where are Lennie and George going and why are they going there?

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John Steinbeck called Of Mice and Men "a playable novel." He wrote it in such a way that it could be quickly and easily adapted into a stage play. He did this because he had an agreement to have the play produced in New York the same year the book came out, which was 1937, while America was still suffering from the Great Depression. In a stage play the exposition is necessarily conveyed to the audience through dialogue. That is why Steinbeck does the same thing with the book. George and Lennie do a lot of talking, but much of their dialogue is intended to convey information to the reader or to the theater audience. For example, George says:

"That ranch we're going to is right down there about a quarter mile. We're gonna go in an' see the boss. Now, look--i'll give him the work tickets, but you ain't gonna say a word. You jus' stand there and don't say nothing. If he finds out what a crazy bastard you are, we won't get no job, but if he sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we're set. Ya got...

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