Hi, in "Of Mice and Men" I was wondering what does George tell Slim about what happened in the weed? i dont know what the answer is

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What George tells Slim about the incident in Weed is based largely on what Lennie told George while they were on the run from the lynch mob. George was not present when Lennie grabbed the girl's dress. Lennie regularly lies to George, and furthermore Lennie is mentally retarded and doesn't understand his own feelings, motives, or actions.

Steinbeck wrote his novella with the intention of turning it into a stage play almost immediately. According to the Introduction in the eNotes Study Guide, the play came out in New York the same year the book was published. The book is a bit unusual in that most of the exposition is conveyed through dialogue rather than narrative prose. This was obviously intended to make the adaptation to a script form for the stage play quick and easy.

The incident in Weed is very important. Steinbeck has George rehash it with Lennie in the opening chapter, and then he has George repeat it with embellishments to Slim. But the fact that George confides in Slim is not especially significant. Slim is just the most intelligent and the most discreet listener available. George trusts him. Slim may read more into what George tells him than George himself understands.

What really happened in Weed? Lennie went up to a strange girl on the street and grabbed her dress. He told George he just wanted to feel the soft, smooth material. This was probably a lie. Lennie is developing a rather delayed interest in sex which he doesn't understand and can't control. He was probably more attracted to the girl than the dress--but he doesn't tell George that. And George doesn't realize the truth until he sees Curley's wife lying dead in the barn. Then he says to himself:

"I should have knew," George said hopelessly. "I guess...

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