(on peg)broken harness in the process of being mended, strips of new leather, (a bench for) leather-working tools, curved knives, needles, balls of linen thread, a small hand riveter, pieces of harness, a split collar with the horsehair stuffing sticking out, a broken hame, a trace chain with its leather covering split, range of medicine bottles for him and horse (in apple box), cans of saddle soap, a drippy can of tar with paint brush, several pairs of shoes, a pair of rubber boots, a big alarm clock, a single-barreled shotgun, books: a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the California civil code for 1905, battered magazines, a few dirty books (on a special shelf over his bunk) AND a pair of gold-rimmed spectacles George: A small, wiry, quick-witted man who travels with, and cares for, Lennie. Although he frequently speaks of how much better his life would be without his caretaking responsibilities, George is obviously devoted to Lennie. George's behavior is motivated by the desire to protect Lennie and, eventually, deliver them both to the farm of their dreams. Though George is the source of the often-told story of life on their future farm, it is Lennie's childlike faith that enables George to actually believe his account of their future.
Lennie: A large, lumbering, childlike migrant worker. Due to his mild mental disability, Lennie completely depends upon George, his friend and traveling companion, for guidance and protection. The two men share a vision of a farm that they will own together, a vision that Lennie believes in wholeheartedly. Gentle and kind, Lennie nevertheless does not understand his own strength. His love of petting soft things, such as small animals, dresses, and people's hair, leads to disaster.
Lennie asks him to tell the story of their farm, and George begins, talking about how most men drift along, without any companions, but he and Lennie have one another. The noises of men in the woods come closer, and George tells Lennie to take off his hat and look across the river while he describes their farm. He tells Lennie about the rabbits, and promises that nobody will ever be mean to him again. "Le's do it now," Lennie says. "Le's get that place now." George agrees. He raises Carlson's gun, which he has removed from his jacket, and shoots Lennie in the back of the head. As Lennie falls to the ground and becomes still, George tosses the gun away and sits down on the riverbank.