The element of power of George and Lennie is one of reparation and genuine friendship. Reparation stems from George's side of the relationship because when they were younger he "beat the hell out of him" (Steinbeck 40). Lennie contributes genuine friendship. Upon hearing even the slightest rumor of George being in danger, Lennie demands that "nobody is going to suppose hurt to George" (Steinbeck 72). So in the power of George and Lennie, George clings to Lennie in a way to escape his past wrongdoings, and Lennie stands by George as a genuine friend whose loyalty will never falter.