Rifles for Watie

by Harold Keith

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How did Lucy react when she met Jeff and what did she think he had done?

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Lucy Washbourne, who describes herself as "a rebel—to the backbone." A year younger than Jeff, she matches him in independence, courage, honor, loyalty, and even naivety. From their first meeting, when his dog chases her cat, they clearly are on opposite sides of every issue; yet each comes to respect and admire the other. After Jeff becomes a reluctant recruit in Watie's army, Lucy urges him to change sides, but she does not betray him when he tells her he must return to Fort Gibson with the information about the stolen rifles.

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