The novella has been banned from various US public and school libraries or curricula for allegedly "promoting euthanasia ", "condoning racial slurs", being "anti-business", containing profanity, and generally containing "vulgar" and "offensive language".  Many of the bans and restrictions have been lifted and it remains required reading in many other American, Australian, Irish, British, New Zealand and Canadian high schools. As a result of being a frequent target of censors, Of Mice and Men appears on the American Library Association 's list of the Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century (number 4).  In the UK, it was listed at number 52 of the "nation's best loved novel" on the BBC 's 2003 survey The Big Read .  Of Mice and Men has been challenged 54 times since it was published in 1936.  However, scholars like Thomas Scarseth have fought to protect the book by citing its literary value. According to Scarseth "in true great literature the pain of Life is transmuted into the beauty of Art",. 
That evening, Carlson complains bitterly about Candy's dog, which is old, arthritic, and smells. He offers to kill the dog for Candy, and Candy reluctantly agrees to let him do so. Later, after the others have gone to the barn, hoping to witness a fight between Slim and Curley over Curley's wife, Lennie and George are alone in the bunkhouse. Lennie wants to hear the story of their farm again, and George retells the dream. Candy overhears and convinces George and Lennie to let him in on the plan because he has money for a down payment. George excitedly believes that, with Candy's money, they can swing the payment for a ranch he knows of; he figures one more month of work will secure the rest of the money they need. He cautions Lennie and Candy not to tell anyone.