There is an ominous tone to how we begin Chapter five. This is to be the pulse of the novel from here on out. Tragedy is only a few words away as the story continue, and we watch as the dream that the men share, the idea of escaping to something better, is at risk. Steinbeck does a remarkable job at painting a scene of subtlety and innocence, evening a character that till now has not been embraced as endearing. As Curleys' wife shares her dreams with Lennie, alone in the barn, we see that although they are characteristically different, they share the same theme of escaping to something better.