In Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are planning to buy a farm of their very own. They have dreams to plant a garden and have fresh vegetables. They also plan to raise rabbits. Lennie is especially fond of the idea of raising rabbits. Lennie loves soft, furry animals. He has pet mice, but his strength is too much for the mice and he kills them.
Often, Lennie will ask George to tell him all about their dream home. He asks George to tell him all about the rabbits that they will have. George begins his story and Lennie is caught away in his imagination. Lennie is dreaming of the day that they will have their dream home and all the rabbits he can tend to. George repeats this story over and over again:
George repeats, at Lennie's request, the story of how they are someday going to get out of the lonely life of itinerant farm laborers and buy a piece of land where they can live by working their own small farm together.
George never leaves out the part about the rabbits. That is Lennie's favorite part. Of course. George never expected that Lennie would accidentally kill Curley's wife. In turn, he would have to shoot Lennie and the dream would be over. Lennie is hiding out by the river when George finds him:
George then appears from the brush and tells Lennie not to worry about what has happened. He calms Lennie down by repeating the story about their future plans and how they will always be together to care for one another. George tells Lennie to look across the river, that he can almost see their little farm.
Without Lennie, George ends his dream of having his own farm. Without Lennie, George cancels his future plans. He cannot bear to think about his dream without his companion, Lennie.