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LONESOME DOVE PLOT SUMMARY NOTES
The news of Pedro Flores’ death has an interesting effect on Call. Gus
is right when he says that Call needs someone to outwit in order to feel
alive. At one time, it was Kicking Wolf, a Comanche who eluded the Rangers
for twenty years. When he was gone, Call used Flores as the bandit he
needed to outwit. Now, with both of his adversaries gone, he turns to
the adventure of moving north to Montana. It’s what gives him life.
Jake has only been in Lonesome Dove for ten days when Lorena realizes she has a big job to do: make him keep his promise to take her to San Francisco. In the interim, he has moved in with her, and she discovers that he is more attached to her than she is to him. It is a curious thing about him. However, he never acts like he’s going to Montana, and she feels a crisis coming on as they get closer to the day they will leave. She knows she will have to keep an eye on him.
One day while Jake is out working, Gus walks into the Dry Bean and asks Lorena
for sex. He offers her $50, an unheard of price, even though she insists
that she’s with Jake. She tells Gus that Jake takes care of her, but Gus
observantly points out that Lorena takes care of Jake, not the other way
around. Lorena is indignant that Gus would insist, but the thought of
the $50 is compelling. Then, Gus suggests that they cut the cards with
Lorena as the prize if he wins. He even says she can keep the money even
if he loses. Gus wins, by cheating Lorie suspects, but she agrees to hold
to the bargain. He even pays Lippy $10 to stay quiet about sleeping with
Lorie. Before they go upstairs, Gus tells Lorena that the promise of San
Francisco Jake made is just part of his game, and if she wants to hold
him to the promise, she’ll need Gus’ help.
This chapter serves both as a means of foreshadowing and also to emphasize the bond that exists between Gus and Lorena, even though she seems unaware of it. He not only wants her for the sex he can buy, but he also seems determined to watch out for her well-being. His insistence on the afternoon of sex is more about an attempt to break the hold Jake has on her than anything else. He worries about her determination to go on the drive if it means staying with Jake, but he doesn’t intend to stop her. He’s only there to help. This foreshadows events which will follow when the drive north begins and how he will save her from Blue Duck later in the story.
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