As the exposition of Of Mice and Men, Chapter I introduces the reader to the dynamics of the relationship of Lennie Small and George Milton. Clearly, George is in charge of situations and is the decision maker. For instance, he scolds Lennie about drinking out of the green pool that may not be fresh. Also, he chides Lennie for hiding a mouse in his pocket, and cautions,
"O.K. now when we go in to see the boss, what you gonna do?"
"I....I," Lennie thought. His face grew tight with thought. "I...ain't gonna say nothin'. Jus' gonna stan' there."
"O.K.," said George. "An' you ain't gonna do no bad things like you done in Weed, neither."
Here George refers to an incident to which he later alludes. As they gather willow sticks for a fire, Lennie declares, "I like beans with ketchup." George, tense from having to walk so far from where the bus has stopped, explodes, "Well, we ain't got any." After having had to scold Lennie for catching another mouse, George is tense and speaks...
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