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The bus dropped the two men, George and Lenny, off in Soledad, a small town in the Salinas Valley. The place where the men disembarked was at least four miles from their destination, and, as George says angrily,
"We could just as well of rode clear to the ranch if that bastard bus driver knew what he was talkin' about...didn't wanta stop at the ranch gate, that's what...too...lazy to pull up...wonder he isn't too damn good to stop in Soledad at all...kicks us out and says, 'Jes' a little stretch down the road...I bet it was more than four miles".
As it turns out, there are some positives that result from the bus driver's refusal to drop George and Lennie off closer to the ranch. George decides that they will not walk all the way to the ranch until morning, and will spend the night under the stars, because he "likes it (there)". He also gets a chance to familiarize himself with the territory, and pick a place to where Lennie can flee and where George will know to meet him in case Lennie gets in trouble like he did at their last place of employment, in Weed (Chapter 1).
When George and Lennie arrive at the ranch in the morning, the boss is somewhat perturbed because they were expected the night before, but George, exaggerating a bit, blames it on the bus driver. He says they "hadda walk ten miles", because the man "says we was here when we wasn't" (Chapter 2).
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