Chapter 14 Summary

Bob waits until Marian is tending to his father before he slips outside and sees Shane leaving the barn. Bob’s heart sinks when he sees Shane carrying his saddle and saddle-roll. When Shane whistles softly for his horse, Bob knows he has to run or he will not get to town in time.

Bob has never run so fast but knows he cannot let Shane see him. As he approaches the boy’s hiding spot, Shane is “tall and terrible there in the road, looming up gigantic in the mystic half-light.” This is the man Bob saw on the first day Shane appeared in the valley, the “symbol of all the dim, formless imaginings of danger and terror.” Unable to help himself, Bob cries out as he stumbles, and Shane has the boy in his strong,...

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