This is the story of two migrant labourers in California around the year 19.35. Lennie is as strong as a lion but stupid, while George the would-be farmer is small but clever. Together, they plan for a home of their own. Things seem to be going quite well for the pair -until the nameless woman enters upon the scene to make her fatal, age-old invitation. This story, one of Steinbeck's best loved, has the form of a classical tragedy, moving strictly act by act towards the unhappy ending that could be foreseen from the beginning. It has been successfully staged and filmed.