He drove his knife through the top of one of the bean cans, sawed out the top and passed the can to Lennie. Then he opened a second can. From his side pocket he brought out two spoons and passed one of them to Lennie.
Open bean can for Lennie - mother give to child
Two spoons - carry around another spoon for Lennie. Why? Dependent as a child is to his mother
George gestured with his spoon. "What you gonna say tomorrow when the boss asks you questions?" Lennie stopped chewing and swallowed. His face was concentrated. "I . . . . I ain't gonna . . . . say a word."
Gesture with spoon - scolding like a mother to a child
Lennie face was concentrated, muttering. - A "scolded" child unsurely answering mother's questions
"Good boy! That's fine, Lennie! Maybe you're gettin' better. When we get the coupla acres I can let you tend the rabbits all right. 'Specially if you remember as good as that." Lennie choked with pride. "I can remember," he said.
Good boy! - mom praising child
"I can let you tend the rabbits" - why George the one "letting" him: rewarding = mother rewarding child
Choked with pride - proud that he got praised by his mom - like a kid
The passage from Of Mice and Men suggests that friendship leads to a father-and-childlike relationship.
"He drove his knife though the top of one of the bean cans, sawed out the top and passed the can to Lennie. Then he opened a second can. From his side pocket he brought out two spoons and passed one of them to Lennie." First, Lennie doesn't open his own bean can; instead, George needs to open it for him and give...