The lines of poetry Paladin actually quotes to Ella are: first, an English translation of lines from Goethe that Dante Gabriel Rossetti used to compliment his celebrated painting "Lady Lilith", and second, from John Keats' ballad "La Belle Dame Sans Merci". See more »
There is one wild thing that man will never civilize. Woman!
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In this western take on "My Fair Lady" (during which no one, fortunately, stops to belt out a show tune) Paladin is tasked with transforming a hissing, spitting wildcat into a prize-worthy tabby.
Trick-shooter Ella West ("worth twice any man and six times any woman") fights him tooth and claw, so to speak, until the painful secret behind all of her bluster and belligerence is finally revealed.
There may be a minimum of violence here but Paladin does get a chance to show off his own formidable pistol-shooting skills. And we also get a rare glimpse into exactly why he's so popular with the San Francisco Ladies! Paladin, of course, is too much of a Gentleman to stand in the way of True Love, but anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of Chess will understand the significance of his parting "gift" to Ella!
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