In Dance Hall of the Dead, explain the passage in which Leaphorn is sedated and gives Susanne his pistol. The story seems to indicate that she fires the pistol. But after Leaphorn revives, he and Susanne have no discussion about this. What happened? Did she really fire the pistol? If so, how many times? Who did she fire at? Did she hit anybody?

In Dance Hall of the Dead, it is unclear that Susanne fires the gun at anyone in particular or that she shoots more than once. Because she and Joe Leaphorn spend the night in the wilderness while he is incapacitated, it is likely that she fires the gun because she is nervous and fears attack.

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When Joe Leaphorn travels to Arizona to search for George Bowlegs and encounters Susanne hitchhiking along the way, Joe notices that George may be being tracked by a man who wears moccasins. He has seen these tracks elsewhere during the investigation of the gruesome death of the Zuni boy Ernesto...

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When Joe Leaphorn travels to Arizona to search for George Bowlegs and encounters Susanne hitchhiking along the way, Joe notices that George may be being tracked by a man who wears moccasins. He has seen these tracks elsewhere during the investigation of the gruesome death of the Zuni boy Ernesto Cata. Joe accidentally walks into a deer trap that has been modified to trap a person and ends up taking a tranquilizer dart to the stomach. Before he loses full consciousness, he quickly teaches Susanne how to fire his gun and advises her to use it against anyone who moves against them while he is incapacitated.

Apparently, Susanne does fire the gun while Joe is unconscious; however, it is not clear that she aims at anyone in particular or that anyone approaches them to attack. It could be that Susanne fires it during the dark of the night because she feels a nearby imminent threat. It is clear that she did not shoot George Bowlegs, Shorty Bowlegs, or the murderer of Ernesto Cata, because their killer is revealed to be Dr. Chester Reynolds, the anthropologist who has been planting artifacts at the dig to enhance his and his doctoral students' reputations.

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