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Pea Eye dozes on the porch and only awakes when he hears the word Indians. Heís been afraid of Indians for more than thirty years and hates them, especially because his fear of them has kept him from a decent nightís sleep all this time. He believes that Captain Call is right to walk the river every night, because the Indians could come.
When Call returns to the house, he notes to Augustus that it would have been
a good night to ďcross some stock, ď i.e., cross the river and steal some
cattle and horses. However, Gus feels it would be a waste of time until
the cattle buyers arrive. Newt asks if he can go the next time, but Call
still wonít allow it. He remembers too clearly how, during the war, he
saw too many boys Newtís age fight and die. The two partners remain the
last two on the porch and for a moment they sit silently listening to
Lippy Jones play the piano at the Dry bean Saloon. Eventually, however,
Augustus tells Call that itís time for him to let Newt cross the river
with them. Call chooses not to respond to that comment, so Augustus heads
toward the saloon, saying he thinks heíll play a few hands of cards. Call
though knows that Gus is going to see Lorena and warns him that if she
suckers Gus into marrying her, Call wonít allow her to live there. Augustus
just laughs, and so ends a typical day at the Hat Creek Cattle Company.
This chapter continues to flesh out these interesting characters. There is much alluded to that we donít yet know, such as the reason Newt ended up with these men on the ranch. However, each comment they make and each action they take gives us a much deeper look at what makes them tick. We discover that Call is not a sociable man, is in fact a loner, and feels the weight of his responsibilities too heavy at times to bear. We learn that Bolivar has a deep seated love for his wife and nine daughters and would kill Gus if he tried anything with the three who remain unmarried. We find out that Newt has a crush on a whore, but is so innocent that he constantly thinks about the right words to say to her if he ever meets her and doesnít even know what to do with her if she would let him! This information not only fleshes out the characters, but it further reinforces the bond between them. In spite of the way they mock and tease each other, in spite of how Newt fears they might leave or kill each other, the reader can sense that they would probably die for each other.
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