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Of Mice and Men diary entry 19th June 1931: I sat on a broken down tree log, thinking of the good years, the swing of Hollywood, the extravagant theatres with their gold furnishings and the warmth and happiness of every stranger who walked by on the street. As I sat on the broken tree I noticed the sound of trickling water "splish, splash, splish". It soothed my mind, but it brought me back into the reality of my miserable life. I had already walked 8 miles in the baking hot heat, but it felt more like 80 miles. As I got up and carried on walking the tree log seemed familiar, but not to a particular place or scenery, but more of my life, it had once stood tall and proud, it looked beautiful and majestic, until one sudden lightning bolt had hit it and had sent it crashing down to reality. I turned back round and carried on up the dusty long windy road, I could see nothing else expect the road and the harsh landscape of the desert. I heard a loud rumbling in the distance, it sounded like thunder, but there were no clouds in the sky, everything about the day was beautiful except my misery. ...read more.


It was a little white and brown puppy. When I had calmed down I took it in my hand and gently stroked it. It was so defenceless, how could anyone kill such a beautiful little creature. When I had stopped stroking it, I lay the creature back to rest in its grave of hay. My mind was racing, I didn't know whether to find the owner of the ranch and tell him about the dead bodies or to pretend that I had never seen them. I decided on the latter. I got up and walked out of the stinking barn, I saw a house opposite the barn and a little hut next door with combine harvesters and other farm machinery just to the side of it on the field. I noticed a pole sticking out of the ground and what looked like horseshoes around it, I walked up to it. There were lots of them all scattered around the pole, some were on it others just to the side. I looked back down the lane and I noticed tracks, from a big vehicle, I hadn't noticed them when I came into the ranch, but I was in a daze of excitement before I found two bodies. My palms were still sweating from that moment. ...read more.


" He was my best friend, an I couldn't stand anythin' to happen to Lennie unless I did it to em myself." "Who else would have killed him?" I quizzed. "The other people at my ranch, they wanted to hunt em down an lock em up like a dog," said George. "What ranch was this?" I asked. "Jus' one bout, 2 miles down the road from ere" replied George. "I've just come from one about miles down the road, I saw a dead woman on some hay and a dead puppy too" I recounted. "Yeah, that was wot me friend did, he is, well was a bit slow and he loved to stroke soft things, silly fella' dint' even realise is' own strength" said George. "I understand now, I probably would have done the same thing," I said sympathetically. "Thanks" welcomed George. After we had said our goodbyes, I decided to leave George, he needed time to be with his friend and think. It was getting dark by the time I got back to my log, the sky was a sharp velvet red and the sun was only half-visible. I watched it until it finally dipped down below the mountain distance. I had understood why George killed Lennie and as I settled down for the night, I thought of what an interesting story this could make one day. ...read more.

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