For the first time in my life, I am reading Of Mice and Men, which is kind of ironic it has taken this long since I was once a literature teacher. What follows is a summary of the book as I read it:
Book opens with Lennie and George walking in a field. George is smaller and cynical, where as Lennie is a hulking simpleton. They are on their way to a work farm, after they fled the last town when Lennieunwittingly and inappropriately touched a woman. We learn that George is the de facto leader, and is cruel to George, partially because he is cynical and partially because he resents the responsibility he feels for Lennie, who we learn is often inadvertantly causing trouble because of his strength.