Martin Kalig shoots Sharkey thinking he has killed him in order to take over Sharkey's gang. Kalig has detailed plans for kidnapping Judge Garth for ransom and revenge for submitting him to a tongue lashing at his sentencing in the early days of the west. At the same time Molly is presenting Judge Garth with an engraved watch and a request for an interview from the renown publisher Joseph Pulitizer who idolizes Garth for his control of the west via a strong and often violent hand. Garth, however, feels violence is no longer a major factor in the west. He makes his point when he punches The Virginian to stop him from beating a drunk ex-ranch hand who threatens to kill someone at the Judge's party for Molly. This creates a divide between Judge Garth and The Virginian which lasts until Judge Garth is kidnapped and The Virginian takes control to rescue the Judge. When the kidnappers refuse to release the Judge after the ransom is paid, The Virginian has the Sheriff hold back the posse ... Written by
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The date on the bank receipt The Virginian fills out is July 16, 1884. See more
Martin Kalig recites the rhyme, "Lizzie Borden took an axe / and gave her mother forty whacks...," a reference to the infamous August 4, 1892 murders. But the dated bank note the Virginian signed earlier establishes the fact this story takes place in July 1884, eight years prior to the murders. See more
When a man kills, he kills part of himself. When a man dies, part of every man dies.
"It tolls for thee."
Where did you learn that?
From Molly. She gives me books and makes me read 'em.
He's taken a fancy to John Donne.
Well, we could all do with a little more John Donne.