|(I kind of really want this edition,|
simply because the cover is so great.)
The big conflict ahead is starting to glimmer, isn't it? Joe mentions briefly that his last hired man ran into some trouble with Fletcher's men in town, and Shane tries to ask about it, but Joe deflects the question, and Shane lets it lie. For now. Don't you get the feeling he's been in this sort of situation before? Possibly on the other side, as one of the men hired by the big outfit to crowd out the little ones? Maybe that's why he's so willing to stay on -- he can see the warning signs that Joe's ignoring, and he wants to be there to help these folks who are so decent to him.
Anyway, I love the whole description of Shane's gun too. Especially how "[t]he smooth invitation of it tempted your grip" (p. 37). Ooooh, that's lovely writing.
Possible Discussion Questions: Why do you suppose Shane doesn't wear his gun? I know we'll get more into that in a bit, but from just what you've read so far, have you got any thoughts?