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The Starretts are relieved that Fletcher is no longer alive to torture them; but they are deeply grieved that Shane has left their midst forever. Joe, who considered Shane a true friend and companion, is so upset by the turn of events that he even contemplates leaving the farm for a new place. Marian has to convince him that Shane has killed two men so that they could stay on the farm forever, and it would dishonor him to leave the place. Realizing the truth of his wife’s words, Joe promises to stay and work the land.
When Shane decides to leave town, it is the only decision that he could
make. He knows that he would always be feared as a murderer in the valley
and could no longer live a peaceful life at the Starretts. Without knowing
what the future hold for him, he simply walks out of town.
When Bob returns to school, there is a lot of talk about Shane and what he has done. Bob, however, refuses to enter the conversations, for he feels that the memory of Shane belongs only to him and his family. Even when people speculate that Shane was a gambler and gunslinger, Bob refuses to believe it. For him, Shane was a special man who had ridden into the valley; when his work was done, he had simply ridden away.
As time passes, Bob continues to think about his hero. He vividly remembers
the moment when Shane twirled around and shot Fletcher. For the boy, Shane
will always be the perfect picture of strength and coordination.
The brief, final chapter serves as a short summary of young Bob’s deep and long lasting emotions for Shane, his hero. He feels that he is the best, most powerful man he has ever known, and the memories of him always make Bob happy.
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