Where in Of Mice and Men is an incident that demonstrates Lennie's compassion for George?(Even though Lennie's mentality keeps hims from fully understanding the world around him, he is very...

Where in Of Mice and Men is an incident that demonstrates Lennie's compassion for George?

(Even though Lennie's mentality keeps hims from fully understanding the world around him, he is very sensitive to Georges's feelings.)

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In the opening scene of Of Mice and Men at the clearing by the pond, George and Lennie set up camp for the night so that they can arrive at the ranch after the men have gone out into the fields in the morning.  By doing this, they can have what George hopes is a peaceful evening.  However, Lennie has hidden a mouse in his pocket to George's dismay, and, like a child, Lennie complains when George informs him that there is no ketchup for their beans that he cooks on the fire. After this second irritation, George bemoans his having to be burdened with Lennie, saying that without him he could eat anywhere, stay anywhere and eat anything that he likes instead of being "shoved all over the country all the time" because of the trouble that Lennie gets them into.

Hearing George, Lennie becomes disturbed.  He then tells George that he does not want any ketchup. When George replies that he could have some if ketchup were here, Lennie says,

"But I wouldn't eat none, George.  I'd leave it all for you.  You could cover your beans with it and I wouldn't touch none of it."

Still angry, George tells Lennie,

"When I think of the swell time I could have without you, I go nuts.  I never get no peace."

Kneeling by George, Lennie asks, "George, you want I should go away and leave you alone?"   Lennie is willing to go off on his own, if that is what George desires, even though he could never care for himself.

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