George Milton has a dream of earning enough money to own a ranch with Lennie. "We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us." George refers to how much simpler life is when he travels with Lennie, rather by himself. He finds it a happier and more pleasurable time because he and Lennie are good friends. George appreciates the fact he's got someone who he can relate with and can confide in. George has known Lennie for years. "We got a future." George is determined to stay with Lennie, and boss a ranch of their own, feeling a sense of accomplishment in life. Therefore, becoming someone of importance. George cares about Lennie. Sort of like a father-like figure to Llennie. Lennie is mentally challenged and looks up to George for advice. Making George feel responsible. "---I think I knowed from the very... so much I got thinking we would." George loses hope in his dreams of having a ranch of his own and being successful after having to kill Lennie. It's like wanting something so bad, but realizing it could never be. Lennie was a big part of the dream; George is now uneasy about that dream because of everything that has happened. He feels that without Lennie, it can never become a reality. George's dream was to stay with Lennie on the ranch; Lennie was like a son to him. It gavce George a sense of responsibility caring for someone who needed him back. The dream they shared was a positive thought which ended up bring around false hopes and allowing George to realize he had always felt the dream was too big to come true.