“Where I was raised a woman's word was law. I ain't quite outgrowed that yet.”
“So that's troublin' you? I reckon it needn't. You see it was this way. I come round the house an' seen that fat party an' heard him talkin' loud. Then he seen me, an' very impolite goes straight for his gun. He oughtn't have tried to throw a gun on me - whatever his reason was. For that's meetin' me on my own grounds. I've seen runnin' molasses that was quicker'n him. Now I didn't know who he was, visitor or friend or relation of yours, though I seen he was a Mormon all over, an' I couldn't get serious about shootin'. So I winged him - put a bullet through his arm as he was pullin' at his gun. An' he droppped the gun there, an' a little blood. I told him he'd introduced himself sufficient, an' to please move out of my vicinity. An' went" - Lassiter”
“I am waiting to plunge down, to shatter and crash, roar and boom, to bury your trail, and close forever the outlet to Deception Pass!”
“Love of man for woman - love of woman for man. That's the nature, the meaning, the best of life itself.”
“And as he lost that softness of nature, so he lost his fear of men. He would watch for Oldring, biding his time, and he would kill this great black-bearded rustler who had held a girl in bondage, who had used her to his infamous ends.”
“I tried to console myself with the fact that even if he did choose me, he’d leave me eventually, like every other man in my life.”
“Unlike Tania, who was so slim, Rykoff looked as if he'd been given an order to get fat--an order he had been delighted to obey.”
“I realized… you were for real, I guess.” He angled a look at her. “Naïve as all fuck, but real. And good. And sitting next to me. In my life. Caring about me.”
“What if he saved them? he thought.
What if I saved my friends?”
“Are you ever angry you were born a woman?"
"I've never been angry to have been born a woman. There have been times I've been angry at how the world treats us.”
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