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Abel Hix, an aging gunfighter, sends an urgent message to Paladin. Paladin arrives too late--Hix has been killed in a gunfight and has been prepared for burial. The town does not much care for gunfighters, and there is some question as to just how the remains will be disposed of. When Paladin learns from Hix's widow that he had been ill and had not worn his guns for two years, he decides to investigate the situation.moreless
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Paladin: Reverend, what can you tell me about Abel Hix?
Reverend: Ah, you do follow a scent close, Mr. Paladin. Came here with his wife. He was a sick man, taking a long time dying. He didn't talk about himself, and after a while, he was accepted here. Then, one day, a pair of drifters came through. Recognized him. And all of a sudden, he had a past again.
Paladin: And from then on, things changed.
Reverend: Aye. Things changed.
Paladin: Abel Hix left a will. In the will was a bequest of one thousand dollars to this church. I suspect he made that bequest because his wife loved this church and Abel Hix loved his wife.
Reverend: Salt in the wounds of my conscience, Mr. Paladin?
Paladin: Perhaps a little, Reverend. You said there was no room in your town for a gunfighter, and yet, there was room in that gunfighter's heart for love.
Lauro: (After Paladin has been badly beaten) The bones of your head are very sound, Senor. Like the granite beneath Guadalajara.
Judd: What do you want?
Paladin: The truth.
Judd: Such as?
Paladin: Sick to death, tired to exhaustion. With two broken arms, Abel Hix could outdraw you sixty times every hour if it was a fair fight.
Paladin: You'll be staying.
Lauro: Oh, si. Who would watch the sheeps? Who would love my pretty hills?
Paladin: "To him who in the love of nature holds communion with her visible forms, she speaks a various language."
Paladin's closing quote de jour is from William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878). It comes from his Thanatopsis (1871-1821)