In Of Mice and Men, what does George tell Slim happened in Weed?

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price7781 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After Lennie and George had to escape Weed due to Lennie's actions, Lennie’s mental disabilities and obsession with soft things, like mice and rabbits, started to concern George. George doesn’t see how Lennie could possibly change, and he wants someone to confide in.  

George tells Slim that Lennie met a young girl in Weed and he asked her if he could touch her soft dress.  The girl said, “yes,” but she got scared when Lennie wouldn’t let go of her.  Lennie panicked when she started to scream, and the incident only got worse. The girl accused Lennie of rape, and George and Lennie had to escape Weed because some of the town’s men were trying to hunt them down. 

Lennie feels a kinship with Slim, as do many of the farm hands on the ranch.  Slim is wise and forgiving, and he even protects Lennie when Lennie crushes Curley’s hand.  At the end of the novel, Slim tells George that he was right to have killed Lennie because there was little hope for Lennie’s future if he was to be arrested and chained in a jail cell. 

kylieck1989 | Student

George explains to Slim that when Lennie was in Weed he was thought to have raped a girl.  Lennie told George he wanted to feel a girl's dress.  The girl screamed.  Then Lennie got scared and grabbed tightly to the girl's dress.  The men of the town assumed he tried to raped her and wanted to kill him.  Lennie and George had to hide out in the sewer until they could get out of town unseen.