Chapter 10 Summary

Morgan is on the ground and the saloon is silent. Shane does not look at anything or anyone except the Starretts, and it seems to Bob that it hurts Shane to see them there. Though he is “battered and bloody,” he is amazingly quiet. During the fight, everyone could see the “splendor of movement, the flowing brute beauty of line and power in action.” Now that the fight is over, everyone believes that Shane is “tireless and indestructible.” He is still and the fire of his anger has subsided; he is a man who has suffered a brutal beating.

As he starts to walk toward the Starretts, Shane sways and almost falls. When one of the other men in the room moves to help him, Shane stands erect and keeps walking; it is...

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