Setting: The Barn
Characters: Lennie, Lennie's dead puppy, Curley's wife, Curley's dead wife, George, Candy, others
Warning: If you consider yourself manly, find a secluded spot to read chapter 5. I read it on the exercise bike at the gym and started crying. I was approached by 7 steroid salesmen within the next 20 minutes telling me I needed to man up with a boost of testosterone (In an unrelated note, I bench pressed 3 times my weight that day.).
Plot with Commentary: Chapter 5 begins with Lennie stroking his dead puppy (PETA pickets the farm in chapter 7 (just kidding--there is no chapter 7)). He worries what George will say. Curley's wife comes in (this can't be good). She tells Lennie about her dreams of stardom. Lennie's too dumb to follow the conversation.
Lennie talks about rabbits and explains how he likes feeling soft, furry things (he leaves the part out about him always accidentally killing soft, furry things). She offers to let Lennie stroke her hair (this can't be good). He becomes excited and holds on to it (this can't be good). She panics ( I've a bad feeling). He covers her mouth so he won't get in trouble (I've a really bad feeling). Lennie breaks her neck (not good). Lennie runs to the riverbed
Candy comes in the barn, sees the dead body, and gets George. George leaves so as not to be suspected. Candy alerts the others. George comes in last. Carlson reports his gun missing. The mob suspects that Lennie stole it. The mob searches for Lennie.
Foreshadowing Alert: Carlson's gun is missing. We know Lennie didn't take it.