(Hey Girl presents Paladin with a note)
Hey Girl: He's waiting right there. (Paladin glances toward the young ladies) I should add, this is a man who seems to carry about him the burden of impatience. As Lao-tzu said, "The pheasant which is not seized, will fly."
Paladin: "And the farmer will feast on the memory of an empty plate, and the flutter of feathers". I'll see Mr. Templeton.
Paladin: I take it there's no truant officer in this town, otherwise there wouldn't be any wayward children running loose in the street.
(After knocking Bunk into the horse trough, Paladin retrieves his rifle from Sally)
Paladin: Thank you. You all right?
Sally: Leave me alone.
Paladin: Well, I was under the impression you were in some difficulty.
Sally: All he was gonna do is slap me around a little. Ride on out, Galahad, I live here. (Pause) Well, what are you looking at, Mister? Little Miss Muffet? I told you to keep away from me didn't I?
Paladin: Yes, you did.
Sheriff: They're just boys, you know.
Paladin: Oh? Little sadism on the side? Occupy their time?
Sheriff: They're just havin' some fun. There's not one of them that's downright dangerous. Uh, if they keep sober and everybody keeps out of their way.
Paladin: You know, I get the feeling everybody does keep out of their way. Including you.
(Sim has decided that the steak and lamb chops on the menu are "unavailable")
Paladin: Well, I had decided on goulash. You recommend that?
Sally: Hasn't poisoned anybody yet.
Paladin: And I'm sure you're not out of it.
(Sally hesitates, starts to cross out "goulash" on the board, but is prevented by Sim)
Sally: Guess we're not out of that. One plate of slush!
Paladin: Slush? You're sure it hasn't poisoned anybody?
Paladin: I think that boys should choose their weapons and their opponents very carefully.
(After exchanging gunfire through Sally's door, the three boys shove her into Paladin's arms and run. Burt slowly reels around)
Burt: I...never thought about...getting killed. (Falls to the floor; the sheriff and a group of men rush up the stairs)
Sheriff: Is everything all right?
Paladin: Does it look like everything's all right?
Sheriff: Well, I guess the boys got a little out of hand.
Paladin: I guess that's right, Sheriff, just a little out of hand.
Kincaid: What evidence you got?
Sheriff: Evidence? No, I, I never saw anything.
Paladin: Sally? You saw it, speak up, tell them what you saw.
Sally: I guess I didn't see nothing.
Paladin: Yeah. You know, curiously enough, I believe you. I don't think you've ever seen anything outside yourself in your whole life.
Sally: I couldn't tell the sheriff they tried to bushwhack you. I didn't know you were gonna be able to handle all three of them, how could I know that? All I ever done was dream of getting out of this sinkhole, and that's no crime. You are gonna do what you said? You're gonna help me get out?
Paladin: I'm gonna do what I said. Here. (pulls out his check) Here, you want a thousand dollars? Take it.
Sally: I thought maybe you was mad or something.
Paladin: Mad? Three men dead in a street and me with a piece of lead in me because you didn't have the courage to say what you knew was the truth? Mad. You keep that thousand dollars. And when it's gone--and it will be gone--you'll end up in another sinkhole.
Hey Girl refers to Lao-tzu, a Chinese philosopher (604-531 B.C.) who taught Taoism.
("Tao" means "The Way".)
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