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I do not know this man.
People do not give it credence that a young girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood. But it did happen. I was just 14 years of age when a coward by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father down and robbed him of his life and his horse and two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band. Chaney was a hired man and Papa had taken him up to Fort Smith to help lead back a string of Mustang ponies he'd bought. In town, Chaney had fallen to drink and cards and lost all his money. He got it into his head he was being cheated and went back to the boarding house for his Henry rifle. When Papa tried to intervene, Chaney shot him. Chaney fled. He could have walked his horse, for not a soul in that city could be bothered to give chase. No doubt Chaney fancied himself scot-free. But he was wrong. You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free, except the grace of God.
You are getting ready to show your ignorance now, Cogburn. I don't mind a little personal chaffing but I won't hear anything against the Ranger troop from a man like you.L
How long have you boys been mounted on sheep down there?
My Appaloosa will be galloping when that big American stud of yours is winded and collapsed. Now make another joke about it. You are only trying to put on a show for this girl Mattie with what you must think is a keen tongue.
This is like women talking.
Yes, that is the way! Make me out foolish in this girl's eyes.
I think she has got you pretty well figured.
(after missing a shot on a bottle he threw up in the air) The chinaman is running them cheap shells on me again.
I thought you were going to say the sun was in your eyes. That is to say, your EYE.
Is that him?
I believe not.
Oh, cut him down.
I might know him.
(looks up at the hanging corpse) Is it Cheney?
I would not recognize the soles of his feet.
Well, you'll have to clamber up and look. I'm too old and too fat.
(outside the cabin) Who is in there?
(from inside the cabin) A Methodist and a son of a bi***!
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