Chapter 11 Summary

Bob does not understand everything, but he is not worried because his father says it will be all right. Fletcher’s men never bother the homesteaders now and are rarely even seen in town; Fletcher is far away. Starrett and Shane stay even closer together and are even more wary; they stay in the house at night and Starrett’s rifle is polished and ready. Bob thinks the trouble with Fletcher is over, but Shane laughs and says it has just begun.

Starrett explains that Fletcher has to make his stand now or he will eventually be shoved out of the valley, though this is a battle Fletcher would rather not have to fight. He has made this a win-or-lose proposition, and just because things are quiet does not mean that nothing...

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