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Lennie is angry at george for taking his dead mouse away. George laments about how much easier his life would be without Lennie. In turn Lennie threatens to run and live in the hills. George points out that Lennie would starve to death. Certainly we can see that Lennie has the mental faculties of a small child. His arguments are made out of emotional tantrums rather than any kind of logical thought.
Lennie knows that if he threatens to go away, George will beg him to stay. He is manipulating the situation. George says Lennie would starve or be taken by predators--indicating that George has a lot more sense than Lennie.