In the course of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, George Milton and Lennie Small go to work on a barley farm near Soledad, California. The two men share a dream that binds them together. They dream of owning a little house of their own and living off the fat of the land.
Upon arriving at the barley farm, George and Lennie become acquainted with the other men who work on the farm. One night, an old fellow named Candy overhears George telling Lennie about this dream and becomes interested. He has some money saved up and could provide them with a financial foundation they need to buy the little farm.
Candy is interested in their dream house because he feels like he is not much use on the barley farm anymore (he lost his hand four years earlier in an accident) and he believes that he will be fired fairly soon. Candy tells George that he just wants to do a few jobs on the farm and feel like he is of use to someone. He also wants to experience some sense of freedom and independence. Thus, Candy reasons:
"Maybe if I give you guys my money, you’ll let me hoe in the garden even after I ain’t no good at it. An’ I’ll wash dishes an’ little chicken stuff like that. But I’ll be on our own place, an’ I’ll be let to work on our own place.”