In Of Mice and Men what trouble did George and Lennie have in the town of Weed?

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melindarobbins | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Weed is the last town George and Lenny were in before they come to work on the farm.  When they were there, Lenny tried to touch a woman in a red dress because he thought she looked pretty.  She started to struggle, not understand that Lenny was probably harmless, and Lenny held on more tightly because of his confusion over the situation.  The woman went to the police, claiming she was raped.  George was forced to flee Weed with Lenny so that he was not arrested.  Once that incident is behind them, George tries to make a new start for the two of them on the ranch.  George doesn’t really want Lenny talking about what happened and certainly is careful about who knows what happened in Weed.  Despite the fact that Lenny did assault a woman, though he did not rape he, George still believes he is a harmless man with a good heart, which essentially proves true overall.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Before the novelette's action begins, George and Lennie are run out of the town of Weed because Lennie had once again gotten himself and George in trouble.  He saw a girl wearing a soft dress, and he touches it because "he likes to feel soft things." The girl naturally does not respond well to a stranger pinching her dress and tries to escape, but Lennie will not let go.  George and Lennie are literally forced to run for their lives when the girl cries for help.

The incident serves two purposes.  First, George references it to show the difficulties that Lennie has caused for the two of them, and Steinbeck uses to show that they are still loyal to one another.  Secondly, Lennie's penchant for touching soft items and especially getting them into trouble over a girl foreshadows the horrific incident in the barn with Curley's Wife.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Before the novelette's action begins, George and Lennie are run out of the town of Weed because Lennie had once again gotten himself and George in trouble.  He saw a girl wearing a soft dress, and he touches it because "he likes to feel soft things." The girl naturally does not respond well to a stranger pinching her dress and tries to escape, but Lennie will not let go.  George and Lennie are literally forced to run for their lives when the girl cries for help.

The incident serves two purposes.  First, George references it to show the difficulties that Lennie has caused for the two of them, and Steinbeck uses to show that they are still loyal to one another.  Secondly, Lennie's penchant for touching soft items and especially getting them into trouble over a girl foreshadows the horrific incident in the barn with Curley's Wife.

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lisieux29 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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short and sweet,. Lennie saw a woman with a red dress and he wanted to feel it so he held the bottom of the red dress and then the women shouted, but Lennie wouldn't let go. the woman ran into a field then Lennie ran after her and then George ran after Lennie and then about 20 men where running after Lennie and George with pitchforks and horses.

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