A brief summary of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

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Of Mice and Men is a short novel set during the Great Depression (1930s). The story follows two main characters, Lennie Small and George Milton, as they travel from job to job as itinerant ranchers. It is a physically difficult job and tends to require workers to continually travel from one job to the next. So, George and Lennie are wanderers, looking for a stable place to settle down. The story begins in the Salinas River Valley (California). George has taken it upon himself to look after his unnaturally strong but mentally challenged friend Lennie. George is smart and direct. His quickness of mind and small features are in sharp contrast to Lennie who is large, shy, and socially awkward.

The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose. Behind him...

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