By Cormac McCarthy
The nationwide bestseller and the 1st quantity in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, all of the beautiful Horses is the story of John Grady Cole, who at 16 reveals himself on the finish of an extended line of Texas ranchers, bring to a halt from the one existence he has ever imagined for himself. With partners, he units off for Mexico on a occasionally idyllic, occasionally comedian trip to a spot the place goals are paid for in blood. Winner of the nationwide publication Award for Fiction.
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Petitgout is simpler. His silence behind strong hands is obvious; when he receives a card he needs, his mouth clamps shut and his eyes flicker directly to his cash pile and hold, as if making sure his funds will stand by him on his march toward triumph. Abrams also notices how when the small man bluffs, his talking intensifies, the kind of chatter to suggest he has not a care in the world. Abrams understands this behavior because he does not practice it himself. Nothing shows a man’s worry more than false cheer.
Five, he breathes, four, three, two— It has come down to this, the calm before a thunderclap. Suddenly, in the split-second before events prove irrevocable, Petitgout erupts into another roar of laughter, this time slapping his knee gaily, sending a small cloud of dust into the evening air. ” 44 LANDSMAN “Shut the fuck up, Earl,” laughs Petitgout. “Naw, c’mon, we’re just funnin’ you,” he says to Abrams amiably, placing a hand on his knee. “But your face, goddamn. ” Abrams laughs weakly in reply.
But unlike the others with whom he silently commiserates, in exchange for the Masonic ring filched from the battlefield, he has secured from one of the sutlers a fair measure of salt pork, a sack of seed potatoes, two Jenny Lind melons, and a Winnigstadt cabbage. At first the sutler, a hard-bargaining Scotchman from Monroe, had balked at the idea of throwing in the cabbage, but Abrams swore the deal would queer unless he did so. ” 26 LANDSMAN The fact remains, once he sees it, Abrams must have the cabbage.