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LONESOME DOVE BOOK NOTES / SYNOPSIS
Newt is a young boy of seventeen who is full of imagination and romance when it comes to fighting Indians and carrying a gun. Unfortunately, Captain Call won’t allow him to do so until he’s grown up. When “grown up” actually will occur, however, Call won’t say.
Bolivar is a former Mexican bandit who has given up those days since the end of the Civil War. He is believed to steal goats and fry up their meat for dinner, which Gus believes he fries in tar! He only bathes once every two weeks or so when he goes home to see his family. He also likes the sound of the dinner bell, which, because it has lost it clapper, he strikes with a crowbar for a full five minutes.
The chapter also gives us details of the hard life these men live in south
Texas. The days are supremely hot and dry with rain only falling once
or twice a year, and they are under constant danger from the Comanche
and the Mexicans. As a result, these men have deep ingrained prejudices
and mistrust for both groups. They often lose their herds to cattle and
horse thieves and find themselves raiding across the border to get them
back. Except for Gus, they work fifteen hour days and fall into bed late
at night, only to rise early again the next day to do their work all over.
The descriptions of the main characters are important to note as their habits and beliefs are integral to the story. The reader will need to understand what has formed these men into the individuals they are. Call, Gus, and Pea Eye are all Texas Rangers, but life has changed since their fighting days, and now, they seem to just run a livery business and sell cattle and horses when they can. Their lives are hard, and yet, there seems to be a bond among them that is strong and deep from the experiences they have had together.
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