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CHAPTER SUMMARY LONESOME DOVE ANALYSIS
Call offers Dish a place with his outfit instead of him signing up with Shanghai Pierce. He says theyíre going to Mexico that night to steal some stock and drive them north. Heís put off this decision while waiting for Deets to come back. The black man, who was more of a right hand to Call than any of the others, had been sent three days before to San Antonio with a deposit of money. Few bandits would ever suspect a black man of having any money, so he is the logical choice to complete that errand.
Dish contemplates Captain Callís offer seriously, because he knows the man
is not one to indulge in idle talk. Furthermore, he recognizes that he
could make Lorena notice him more if he saw her a few days in a row. So,
he tells Call he will sign on with Hat Creek. Captain Call seems to ignore
his comment, because he is watching the advance of two horsemen up the
road and has not turned his head since he first saw them. Call tells Gus
to look ahead, because Deets is coming home, and heís not alone. In fact,
heís with an old friend of theirs that Gus would be very interested to
see: Jake Spoon.
This chapter shows us even more traits of the major characters that help us flesh out the kind of men they are. Gus, for all his rough edges, enjoys sunrises and reading the Bible. Call awakens reluctantly each day even though he has an unbelievable work ethic. Dish is in love with Lorena, the town whore, and so signs on the Hat Creek Cattle Company for the chance to see her more often. And Newt is still at an age when he has heroes like Dish Boggett, who, in spite of his young age, is a seasoned cowboy.
Also, we are introduced to a new character by name only - Jake Spoon - but itís obvious by the way Gus and Call react when they see him that heís been a significant part of their lives in the past. We are also made to realize that for Captain Call and Gus, the real plans are to earn enough money to move their outfit north where the real money can be made. However, itís ironic that Gus thinks about driving a herd north, because later, when they are well into this drive, he will regret leaving Texas.
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