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It ain't Plato, ain't Shakespeare, but it's worth some thought


Josie Wales, Comanche chief, Ten Bears:

Josie Wales- You'll be Ten Bears?

Ten Bears- I am Ten Bears

Josie Wales- I'm Josey Wales.

Ten Bears- I have heard. You're the Grey Rider. You would not make peace with the Blue Coats; You may go in peace.

Josie Wales- I reckon not. 'have no where to go.

Ten Bears- Then you will die.

Josie Wales- I came here to die with you... or to live with you. Dying ain't so hard for men like you an' me, it's livin' that's hard. When all you've ever cared about's been butchered and raped... Governments don't live together; people live together... Governments don't always give you a fair word or a fair fight. Well, I've come to give you either one. Or get either one from ya. I came here like this so you know my word of death is true; and my word of life is then true... The bear lives here, the wolf, the antelope, the Comanche, and so will we. We'll only hunt what we need to live on, same as the Comanche does. Now every Spring when the grass turns green and the Comanche moves north, we can rest here in peace. Butcher some of our cattle and jerk beef for the journey. The sign of the Comanche, that will be on our lodge. That's my word of life.

Ten Bears- And your word of death?

Josie Wales- Here in my pistols, there in your rifles, I'm here for either one.

Ten Bears- These things you say we will have, we already have.

Josie Wales- This is true. I ain't promisin' you nothin' extra. You're just givin' me life and I'm givin' you life. And I'm sayin' men can live together without butcherin' one another.

Ten Bears- It's sad that governments are cheaped by the double tongue. And there is iron in your word of death for all Comanche to see.

And so there is iron in your words of life.

No signed paper can hold the iron. It must come from men.

 The words of Ten Bears carries the same iron of life and death.

 It is good that two warriors such as we meet in the struggle of life... or death.

It shall be life.

Entry #564


csfbComment by csfb - September 8, 2006, 4:09 pm
No credits? I'm presuming it's yours, Jack. I LOVE it! Hugs to you!!
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 8, 2006, 6:03 pm
I assume you're being cute. The Outlaw Josie Wales, movie is the source smartass.
csfbComment by csfb - September 8, 2006, 7:43 pm
Smartass yourself, Jack. You're a writer yourself so I hold you to a higher standard. Maybe I'm being cute. My license plate says M A Q T
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 8, 2006, 9:08 pm
Thanks for the comment csfb. Whatever standards I'm held to are my own.
csfbComment by csfb - September 8, 2006, 10:35 pm
Love ya', Jack.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 9, 2006, 8:51 am
That's a tough gig. I'm sorry to hear it.

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