Chapter 9 Summary

Peace settles over the valley for a short time. Since the fight with Chris, Fletcher’s men no longer ride by and taunt the ranchers; they are busy building the new corrals which they will need after Fletcher’s spring cattle drive. Despite that, Starrett is just as watchful as Shane now and the two men always work together; Starrett has even begun wearing his gun all the time. It is a beautiful autumn and it is hard to believe that violence could break out so quickly.

On Saturday evenings, the Starretts and Shane take the wagon into town, something they all look forward to each week. Marian buys her supplies for the week and visits with the other women. Starrett turns in his order to Grafton and then goes for the...

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