Who gave Lennie the puppy?

Slim gives Lennie a puppy after his dog gives birth a litter of puppies. Slim is the kind and wise older ranch hand whom George and Lennie meet in the bunkhouse.

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It is Slim who gives Lennie the puppy, though George first mentions the idea of getting Lennie a puppy earlier. Lennie is fascinated by soft things like mice and enjoys petting them. Unfortunately, he does a poor job of judging his own strength, and often kills the mice by handling...

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It is Slim who gives Lennie the puppy, though George first mentions the idea of getting Lennie a puppy earlier. Lennie is fascinated by soft things like mice and enjoys petting them. Unfortunately, he does a poor job of judging his own strength, and often kills the mice by handling them too roughly. George remarks early on that he should get Lennie a puppy, so he can have something soft to pet that is hardier than a mouse.

It is clear from the outset that Lennie unfortunately doesn't have much of a clue when it comes to caring for a puppy. Lennie enjoys petting his new puppy so much that he frequently tries to remove it from its nest, and George has to tell him that if he keeps removing it from its mother, it will die.

Unfortunately, Slim's gift leads to the death of the puppy and, somewhat indirectly, to the death of Curley's wife. Lennie kills the puppy inadvertently while petting it too roughly. Lennie is very upset over this development, worrying that George may not let him take care of the rabbits on their future farm when he learns that Lennie accidentally killed yet another small creature:

“Why do you got to get killed? You ain’t so little as mice. I didn’t bounce you hard.” He bent the pup’s head up and looked in its face, and he said to it, “Now maybe George ain’t gonna let me tend no rabbits, if he fin’s out you got killed.”

Tragically, when Curley's wife attempts to console Lennie by offering to let him touch her soft hair, she meets the same fate as the puppy.

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