Have you ever had the kind of friend that always forgave you for the largest outcomes, no matter how bad the repercussions were? How about the one who holds you back, yet you still stay with them every step of the way? That was the kind of friendship George Milton and Lennie Small had in the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This story takes place in Soledad, California in the mid 1900s where it was hard to live on your own; where everybody fell into a trance of owning their own land and being free from the rest of the world. That dream is what drove George and Lennie to work on someone else's farm in order to get the money to buy that big ol' piece of land. No matter what George did to Lennie, George was always forgiven by Lennie and even praised sometimes. As well as George always sticking around with Lennie even when he caused problems for them both. This is true friendship in every way possible.
George and Lennie have been together since Lennie's aunt, Clara, passed away. Ever since then, George has taken on the task of having to take care of Lennie and go to work with him as well. Before they came to Soledad, California, George and Lennie worked on another ranch in Weed, California where they got into some big trouble and had to move out of the town. "You can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get.His anger left him suddenly." This part of the second paragraph on page 11 of the book shows that George knows how troublesome Lennie is, but doesn't leave him alone like Lennie wants him to do. So George tries to show Lennie his wrongs and help him to try and correct them by not repeating them again as he shows later on in the first chapter on page 15 where George asks Lennie, "What you gonna say tomorrow when the boss asks you questions?" Lennie, of course, responds with an agreement of not talking and just working so he doesn't make the same mistake twice.