Chapter 7 Summary
Starrett and Shane were right: Chris has called Shane a coward and Fletcher begins to press his advantage. Fletcher and his foreman, Morgan, keep their men poised to cause trouble at every opportunity. Fletcher’s men begin riding slowly by at every opportunity, staring insolently at each ranch. Soon they begin hurling pig farmer insults at Starrett. Though it is crude and coarse and childish, it is also effective. Everyone but Shane is insulted and has trouble hiding it. The other homesteaders are beginning to wonder if Shane really might be the coward Chris claims he is.
Contempt is growing everywhere, and the neighbors begin to resent Shane for bringing shame on them. Because of that, the other homesteaders also...
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