This chapter is like that too-still, calm feeling the world gets before a really bad storm hits. The storm clouds have been gathering a while, and you've maybe had a bit of rain and some wind already, but suddenly the leaves on the trees don't even flicker, and you know something awful is coming -- you just stand there, watching the sky to see if it's changing color, if you need to head for shelter. Somehow, you begin to wish it would go ahead and just storm already. (Okay, that's what you do if you live where tornadoes exist, anyway.)
And besides wanting things to go ahead and just happen, I'm feeling pretty sad for Shane. He was feeling comfortable and maybe even happy, and now that's all ruined. Grrrrrrr. Makes me want to go punch a few bad guys myself.
I love that Marian has the courage to ask him to stay, though, don't you? She knows they need him, and she knows that she's manipulating him a bit by asking with Joe not around... but she knows he knows he's being manipulated, so it's all kind of okay somehow. At least, that's how I feel. You?
"A man can keep his self-respect without having to cram it down another man's throat" (p. 64).
Possible Discussion Questions: What do you think about Shane calling Marian Starrett by her first name? What does it say about how he fits into their lives?