Ben Zachary
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Ben Zachary (Character)
from The Unforgiven (1960)

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The Unforgiven (1960)
Rachel Zachary: Ben, what did those Indians want?
Ben Zachary: They offered to buy you for those five horses.
Rachel Zachary: Well, did you sell me?
Ben Zachary: Nope; held out for more horses.

Lost Bird: We come in peace.
Ben Zachary: My land. My sky. You are welcome.
Lost Bird: Young horses. Good for fighting. Good for hunting. You take.
Ben Zachary: I am ashamed. I have nothing to offer you.
Lost Bird: In house. You have woman. One our women.
Ben Zachary: Who told you this.
Lost Bird: Old man. One your tribe. Carry long knife. He say you have one our women.
Ben Zachary: He is crazy.
Lost Bird: Sun speak through him. Talk to dead people. He say woman your house my sister.
Ben Zachary: He lies. Woman my house white. Dahkoi. Father white, mother white. Burned to death by you; by Kiowa.
Lost Bird: How many horses for woman?
Ben Zachary: There are not enough horses in the world. Not as many as you can catch. Not as many as you can steal.

[the Zacharys are discussing the rumors about Rachel]
Cash: It's out there, Ben. It's layin' on their stomachs and they don't know what to do.
Ben: Well, it's still a lie and we've got nothin' to be ashamed of.
Cash: What are we goin' to do when one of them says it? What are we goin' to do when one of them says it to Rachel?
Ben: Kill 'em, I guess.
Cash: That's all I wanted to hear.

[Charlie Rawlins has asked Ben for permission to marry Rachel]
Rachel: Well, Ben; you ain't goin' to shoot Charlie now are you?
Ben: I'm thinkin' about it. If I wasn't so short-handed I might.

[Cash advocates killing the Kiowa outside of the house]
Ben: All right, Cash. Let's see if they're after our scalps first.
[shoots the top of one Indian's lance]
Ben: I'm going out to talk. Cash, if they break the peace, kill them.
Cash: When will that be?
Ben: When they kill me.

Cash Zachary: When the wind's in the right direction, I can smell Injun a mile off.
Ben Zachary: Well, I hate to disappoint you, but that smell is comin' off of me. I haven't changed my dirt since Wichita, Kansas.

Rachel Zachary: I could marry that handsome, winsome Charlie or that baby Jude. I could even marry you.
Ben Zachary: Watch you language, girl.
Rachel Zachary: Well, why not? We're not cousins. We're not even relatives.
Ben Zachary: We're not even friends.

Cash Zachary: Get her out of here! I don't care how you do it, but get her out of here!
Ben Zachary: I'm stayin', Cash. She's stayin'. We're all stayin'.
Cash Zachary: I'm not stayin'. Not with a red-hide nigger!