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SUMMARY FOR LONESOME DOVE BY LARRY MCMURTRY
Then, Gus and Jake head for the springhouse where Gus keeps his jug
of whiskey. It amuses Gus to think of how Call will react when he finds
them drunk in the middle of the day. Jake is also interested in whether
there are any “sporting women” in Lonesome Dove. Gus doesn’t bother to
tell him about Lorena, because he figures he’ll find her on his own soon
enough. He knows that Jake is just the man who can make a woman like Lorena
fall in love with him, and he smiles when he thinks how this will put
a wrench in the works for Dish Boggett. Eventually, Jake falls asleep,
and Gus decides to pay a visit to Lorie, given that Jake will soon have
her under his spell. He ambles first by the men working on the well and
sees how bitter Dish is at having agreed to do the undignified work. Gus
also watches Call trying to tame the filly that had bit him the day before.
They discuss the filly and how intelligent Call believes she is, and they
also discuss Jake and the unknown factor of the sheriff in pursuit of
him. Call also mentions that they ought to go north like Jake proposed.
This surprises Gus a little, because to his way of thinking, Call had
looked at life as if it were essentially over for years. When the Civil
War began, the Governor of Texas had called them in and had asked them
not to volunteer, because he needed men to keep the peace on the border
with Mexico. That assignment brought them to Lonesome Dove with hopes
that they would be able to purchase land cheaply and make money from it.
Gus thinks they have just wandered too long in Lonesome Dove. They have
been there for ten years, and Gus and Call both had expected they would
saddle up and ride off from the town long before this. However, Gus hadn’t
expected that Call would just suddenly decide to strike out for Montana
either. The two of them muse over how far it would be to ride there, and
how an Indian named Black Beaver would know. He had wandered from the
Columbia River to the Rio Grande in his day, whereas Call and Gus had
never been north of the Arkansas River. Call thinks they should go to
Montana and run cattle while Gus believes that Call is no cattleman. When
he questions the Captain about who would run such a ranch, Call says he
thinks the boy - Newt - would do it just fine.
Once again the chapter builds in information about these characters and their past together. Jake is a woman’s man and seems to put a spell on every female he meets. Call has secretively been thinking about moving north for a long time, and Jake’s description of Montana now has him returning to his dream. Gus has always thought of Call as a Ranger or a worker, but never a cattleman. He’s surprised that Call’s dream involves Newt. We can see that these men have been stuck in neutral for a long time and now an opportunity has presented itself and ideas are beginning to take hold. It’s also foreshadowing that Call believes Newt could handle the ranch they would built, because eventually he’ll leave it in the boy’s hands.
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