And right there is where I know that no matter how fond she is of Shane, it's Joe that Marian truly loves.
The rest of this chapter is weirdly satisfying to me. I love that Stark Wilson and Shane get a chance to look each other over. I love that Shane saves Joe by confronting Wilson in the boldest, baldest way. I love that Joe was going to shoot Wilson over his insinuation that Marian might belong to another man some day. Do you think that people have been gossiping about Marian and Shane, and Wilson's heard that and used it to fuel that remark? Or was it just him making the obvious play, threatening a man's wife to get under his skin? Do you think Joe and Shane wondered if he was implying there was something going on between Shane and Marian? I'm so undecided! That can be our Possible Discussion Questions for the day.
"But Marian," father objected mildly, coming to her. "What better reason could a man have?"
"Yes," said Shane gently. "What better reason?" He was not looking just at mother. He was looking at the two of them.