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Jus' wanted to feel that girl's dress- jus' wanted to pet it like it was a mouse- Well, how the hell did she know you jus' wanted to feel her dress? She jerks back and you hold on like it was a mouse. She yells and we got to hide in a irrigation ditch all day with guys lookin' for us, and we got to sneak out in the dark and get outa the country. All the time somethin' like that- all the time. I wisht I could put you in a cage with about a million mice an' let you have fun.

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Lennie often confuses soft things for mice.


Lennie frightened a woman when he tried to feel her dress.


Men came after Lennie for frightening the woman so he and George had to run away.


Lennie just wanted to feel the girl's dress and pet it like it was a mouse. But the girl didn't know he just wanted to feel her dress. She jerked back and Lennie on like it was a mouse. So she screamed. Then George and Lennie had to hide in an irrigation ditch all day while men looked for them and they couldn't come out until it was dark, at which time they made their escape.


George thinks Lennie might enjoy being in a cage full of mice.

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