The setting in this novel contains the "golden foothill slopes" and the "strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains." It is quiet and natural with sycamores, sand, leaves, and a gentle breeze.
The rabbits, lizards, and herons are out in this peaceful setting.
Lennie, the larger man, lumbers along heavily like a bear; George is small and has slender arms and small hands.
The men also react differently to the pond: Lennie practically immerses himself in the water, snorting it up and drinking in long, greedy gulps.
When the story opens, for example, the setting is a few miles south of Soledad, California, near the Salinas River.
"Soledad" is a Spanish word that translates into "loneliness" or "solitude," a reference to one of the novel's main themes.
They both wear similar clothes and carry blanket rolls, and the larger man imitates the smaller.
But they are more dissimilar than they are alike: One is huge and shapeless; the other small and carefully defined.
For example, in the first "scene," there is a path, a sycamore tree near an ash pile from past travelers' fires, and a pool.
All the action in this scene occurs in this one spot, much like a stage setting.