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This chapter is a continued look at the various characters at the Hat Creek Cattle Company and what makes them behave the way they do. Call is a very serious man with the leadership qualities they all look to for guidance. His decision to stay away from women makes Pea Eye, who is also unbelievably shy around women, decide the same. Pea Eyeís thoughts allow the reader to discover some information about Callís relationship with Newtís mother. Itís very possible that he is Callís son and not Jakeís, as he was born before Jake moved in with Maggie. Furthermore, itís supported in the fact that Gus brought Newt back to live with him and Call. It adds a little suspense to the story.
The Irishmen add flavor to the sameness of the other men. They have all lived
on horses all their lives and would never think of crying in front of
other cowboys. However, the Irishmen come from a very emotional culture
where singing is an art instead of riding. They cry easily as well, and
even though itís embarrassing to the others to see their tears, they are
a curiosity that none of the Texans feel moved to drive off. The Irish
brothers are determined to do their share of the work even if it means
learning as they go.
This chapter is an explanation of how Jake Spoon became the man who finally surprised Lorena. She has never found one yet that didnít react in an expected manner until she meets Jake. She tells him more about herself than she ever told anyone, and he tells her he will do everything he can to get her to San Francisco. She also has never offered any of her help and comfort to any man before, but Jake makes her want to give him what he needs. She is also impatient for him to assume responsibility for her and is determined that he wonít leave Lonesome Dove without her.
Jake also wins Lorie with his manners. He tries to make her happy and talks
to her softly about San Francisco. In fact, he makes her feel so important
that by the end of the week, she makes it clear to any other cowboy who
approaches her that she is a sporting woman who has given up the sport.
This is a very important piece of foreshadowing: Jake has so impressed Lorena with his promises and gentle, loving manner, that she is determined he wonít leave Lonesome Dove without her. This prepares us for the later situation when she decides to ride with them towards Montana. It also prepares us for a dissatisfied Jake who has spoken one promise too many when it comes to Lorie and will find himself taking her with him when he never really intended to.
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