When an ex-confederate soldier stops by the ranch, Lucas McCain offers him a meal and then a job. Frank Blandon was severely wounded in the war and bad surgery has left him with the use of only one arm. He's still traumatized by those events and occasionally will go off on a rant. Lucas soon welcomes others when General Sheridan arrives looking for a place to spend the night. It turns out that Blandon and Sheridan have met before, though the General has no recollection. It leads to a bit of soul searching on the part of both men. Written by
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Blandon is outside soaking his shirt when Mark gives him a drink, but a few seconds later when Lucas calls for him to come in the house, Blandon's shirt is completely dry. See more
Sorry son, but sooner or later you had to find out.
Why did I? I didn't want to. Pa, his shoulder wasn't healed!
Not only poor Blanden's shoulder, but I mean all the ugly, useless suffering in the world. In time you'll learn to accept it and bring it into balance with the good things.
I'll never be able to, Pa!
You will son because you have to. It's the price you pay on staying alive and in your right senses, it's manhood. And I can promise that when you come to the far end of it, you'll raise ...