Of Mice and Men - Chapter 3 (Summary (Middle (Carlson says he will shoot…
Of Mice and Men - Chapter 3
Carlson says he will shoot the dog quickly and that it won't feel a thing, Candy gives in and lets him kill the dog, Carlson takes the dog out of the bunkhouse and promises to bury him. After a short silence they hear a shot ring and Candy turns around and faces the wall
Crooks ,the negro stable buck, takes Slim to put on the tar he heated for a mule for him. After they leave the rest of the men play cards and talk about curleys wife, like how she is like jailbait.
Slim offers him a puppy if he lets Carlson shoot the dog and then another farmhand comes in called Whit who shows them a letter that someone that used to work here wrote and s now in the newspaper
During the conversation Whit asks George if he wants to go to the whorehouse in town with them tomorrow. Whit starts talking about how it is better than the other whorehouse in the town, but George says he is trying to save money so him and Lennie are putting a stake together.
Candy says he has had him for too long and could not shoot him, Carlson continues urging him and eventually Slim joins in saying he would e putting down a suffering animal
Lennie and Carlson then come in and Carlson starts to clean his gun while not looking at Candy Curley comes in straight after looking for his wife and noticing Slim isn't there asks where he is.
Lennie comes into the bunkhouse with his pup but George tells him to bring it back to the litter and when Lennie leaves Carlson and Candy show up and Carlson tells Candy to shoot his dog because it stinks and isn't good for itself
When the men tell him he is in the barn he runs out to go find him with Carlson and Whit following as they hope for a fight.
They soon say after the month they will have enough money and should be able to buy the house and that not to tell anyone about the plot of land they want to buy. They soon hear the men coming back and Candy whisper's to George he should of killed his dog himself and not let a stranger do it
The men come back in and Curley is apologizing to Slim for accusing him of being with his wife while the other men mock him, Curley becomes outraged but since Slim was to strong he takes his anger out on Lennie who is smiling about the image of the house.
Candy becomes excited even further and then says that he would like to contribute his life savings if he could live there with them as he feels the ranch wants to get rid of him
Lennie begs to be left alone but Curley attacks him anyways and buries several punches into Lennie's face and gut. But Lennie won't attack back, but when George tells him to fight he grabs Curley's hand and squeezes it until it breaks
As George tells the story Candy listens in becoming excited after every word George spoke and then asks if a place like that actually existed. George doesn't want to tell him but then says that there is such a place and that the owner's want to sell it.
Slim helps Curley t the hospital making him say that he won't fire Lennie and George for this or he will be made a laughing stock to the whole village. Curley says he won't fire them and goes of to the hospital. George comforts Lennie and says it wasn't his fault and that he will still tend the rabbits as that was Lennie's only fear.
George asks Lennie ,after everybody leaves, if e saw Curley's wife with Slim in the barn. Lennie says he didn't and George tells him the trouble the woman could cause and that he should stay away from her. After his talk he tells Lennie the story of the farm they want to buy.
George thanks Slim for his kindness
Slim appreciates their friendship and says that it is a welcome change to the world
Slim agrees to give Lennie one of his pups
George tells him the story on how he and Lennie became friends
George was born in the same town as Lennie and after the death of Lennnie's Aunt Clara he took charge
George says he used to make Lennie jump into the river even though he couldn't swim, but after seeing him nearly drown he decide to stop and to care for Lennie
An example was when they were in Weed and Lennie held on to a girls dress and George had to hit him over the head to make him stop and then they had to hide in a ditch as they were chased out of town
Carlson insists on that the animal's infirmity makes it unworthy of such devotion and can only other that he kills it quickly so it won't suffer. When Slim agrees to this it just confirms the fact that people without power have little protection.
The relationship counters the cruelty of the world and the ranch hands as they do away with the weak. e.g. Killing Candy's old dog which shows the way the strong attack and the weak die.Candy's dog was of great importance to the swamper even though it cold not round up sheep anymore and it was also had an emotional attachment with Candy which was very clear
During the conversation with Slim, George talks about his relationship with Lennie. Steinbeck shows the origin of their relationship very easily. He says their relationship is a child relationship that has turned into rare adult companionship. After years of taking advantage of Lennie, George finds that it is wrong to make a weaker living being suffer for sport