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This chapter shows two young people feeling unrequited love. Dish is so in
love with Lorie that he thinks he can wait for her forever. Ironically,
she is so dependent on Gus and the safety he offers that she sees no one
or nothing else.
Soon, Call, Gus, and the rest of the men with them find Wilbargerís two men and the people killed by Dan Suggs. Deets tells Call that Jake is definitely with them, not only because he recognizes his track, but also because the track shows the sideways tendency Jake has when riding in a saddle. Deets knows that if Jake is riding with these killers thereís no hope for him, and Call is hit hard by the realization that heíll have to hang a man who had once rode the range with him. Ironically, he makes the same observation about Jake that Jake had made about Lorie - itís a bad situation, but he put himself in it. Soon, they surround the gang most of which have bedded down for the night. They have to shoot Eddie Suggs in the shoulder, but then they take away all of their guns, including Jakeís. He thinks for awhile he has the chance to convince Call and Gus that he wasnít a part of the killing, but they only point out that he had gone along with six killings and thatís making his escape a little slow.
When Newt asks if they have to hang Jake, because he was a friend to newtís mother, Call is surprised by the comment, but insists that any judge would hang him, too. Meanwhile, Jake canít get his mind to snap to, to convince his former friends that heís no killer. His mind doesnít seem to want to work, and all he feels is an overpowering fatigue. His life has slipped out of line, and he canít find the energy to fight it any longer.
Jake is the last one they plan to hang, and Call apologizes that it has to
be them that does it. Jake grins and says heíd rather it was friends than
strangers, adding that he never meant any harm. He tells Newt that he
can have his pony - the pacer he loved so much - and gives all the others
the money in his pocket to be divided evenly. Before any of them can even
respond to his gestures, Jake spurs the horse and brings about his own
hanging. Gus says that Jake died fine and they bury all the bodies, but
Dan Suggs. Call breaks up a piece of the wagon they had with them to make
a marker for Jakeís grave, and Gus observes that life is peculiar - if
Jake hadnít talked Call into this trip, he wouldnít have been hung by
them that day. They take Wilbargerís horses with them and head back to
Jakeís hanging is one of the more poignant scenes in this novel. He is essentially a good man who makes bad decisions and finds himself in a situation from which he cannot be extricated. He has much to regret about his life and in the end, he feels overwhelming fatigue for the consequences theyíve led to. However, by spurring the horse to hang himself, he at least dies a ďfineĒ death, meaning that in the final analysis, he was man enough to accept responsibility for all his actions and bring about his own punishment.
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