Did Lennie kill the girl in Weed in Of Mice and Men?

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George tells Slim specifically that the girl in Weed was very much alive after the incident with Lennie. He says:

"Well, that girl rabbits in an' tells the law she been raped. The guys in Weed start a party out to lynch Lennie."

Weed was a very small town--and it still is. The girl must have gone to the sheriff's office on the main street to make her report. Naturally there would be a violent reaction to the news. But why should the girl tell the sheriff she had been raped? Did George get it right, or did she really only tell the sheriff that she had been the victim of an attempted rape? George was not present when Lennie approached the girl and took hold of her dress. He tells Slim:

"I was jus' a little bit off, and I heard all the yellin', so I comes running, an' by that time Lennie's so scared all he can think to do is jus' hold on."

George only knows what Lennie told him--and we have seen in the opening chapter that Lennie lies to George all the time. Furthermore, Lennie doesn't even understand his own feelings and motives.

George was not present when Lennie killed Curley's wife, either. There were no witnesses. George relied on his own eyes and his common sense. It looked as if Curley's wife had been accidentally killed during an attempted rape. This conclusion makes George recall the Weed incident and guess that it too might have started as an attempted rape and could have led either to an actual rape or an accidental murder. When he is looking at Curley's dead wife in the barn he says:

"I should of knew....I guess maybe way back in my head I did."

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There is not enough evidence to conclude that Lennie killed the girl in Weed, but we do know that the incident frightened George.  He is aware of what Lennie is capable of, even if he has not witnessed it firsthand.

George does not say what Lennie did in Weed.  He simply says, “bad things like you done in Weed.”  We do know the incident was serious enough that they not only had to run, they were chased.

"Run us out, hell," said George disgustedly. "We run. They was lookin' for us, but they didn't catch us." (ch 1)

However, later on we are given more detail on exactly why they have to run.  Lennie wanted to feel her dress, and she thought he was grabbing for her.

She jerks back and you hold on like it was a mouse.  She yells and we got to hide in a irrigation ditch all day with guys lookin' for us, and we got to sneak out in the dark and get outa the country. (ch 1)

George would have reacted differently if Lennie had killed before.  He protected Lennie, but when Lennie killed Curley’s wife he acted.  He shot Lennie before he could hurt anyone else, and before Lennie could get caught.

It is true that the color red is symbolic.  However, in this case George feels guilty because he should have seen the signs.  He did not act when Lennie scared the girl.  He did not realize how dangerous Lennie was.  He blames himself.

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