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The gloom that Seanís death has cast over the camp is difficult to deal with,
and the men must talk it out to come to terms with the horror they have
seen. However, the little blue pigs, which have faithfully followed them
all the way, are symbolic for the idea that life moves on, and so must
This chapter focuses on Lorena who has come to discover that the farther she goes, the more she likes traveling. Even though she finds herself doing most of the work and dealing with Jake who is inclined to sulk, she still enjoys the fine mornings she awakens to and the daily ride on her mare. Deets has shown her how to make a fire each night and how to pack the mule and do other chores each day. Jake has been spoiling for a battle with her and calls her a whore who would probably be glad if he left. He rides off one night probably hoping to frighten her into believing he wonít be back, but Lorena is content to lay on her bedroll and listen to Allen OíBrien sing to calm the herd.
As for Jake, he considers himself an intelligent man, but he has gotten himself
into a position that would have embarrassed a fool. He thinks about taking
Lorena to Austin and then sneaking away from her. Heís also worried about
July Johnson. In the end, he just canít bring himself to give her up.
He finally returns, and they talk about the Captain. He tells Lorena that
Call had a relationship once with a sporting girl named Maggie. She was
Newtís mother, and Lorena then wonders who his father is. Jake figures
no one will ever know since Maggie was a whore. He falls asleep trying
to convince Lorena that they were made for feather beds and a nice hotel.
As for Lorena, she just wants to keep traveling.
This chapter once again shows the lot of woman in this time period. With Deetsí help, Lorena learns how to survive on the drive since Jake offers her no help and expects much in return. She, too, was a sporting woman and is intrigued by the story of Maggie. Once again, they are both women who found their lives being controlled by the men who desired them.
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