Whit enters the bunkhouse with a magazine featuring a man he used to work with. Why is the man in the magazine?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Whit's entrance into the bunkhouse is almost a type of relief from the intensity surrounding Candy's dog and the collective discussion about what to do with it.  Whit is elated to find that a letter to the magazine's editor was penned by a former ranch hand.  He is excited because he knows the writer of the editor.  He says as much to Slim, offering to him if he remembered the writer when he worked on the ranch as a hand.  Slim does suggest that he remember him.  For Whit, it becomes a significant thrill to see someone he knows and used to work with in the magazine.  Whit seems to be excited by the idea that someone who used to work on the ranch has amounted to something of mention.  This animates him.  It drives him in a way that there is almost a hint of reflection that he, himself, could be something when he leaves the ranch.  In a setting where so many come and go and are never heard from again, Whit's elation at hearing the name of someone who actually used to be there is reflective of how there can be, might be, something more than what is presented in life on the ranch.

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