Paladin's stage stops at Salamander City to get fresh horses and the gunslinger gets out to stretch his legs. A hobo, Dooley Delaware, comes up and asks for a ride. The driver refuses to give him credit and Dooley doesn't have the money. Dooley then approaches Paladin and asks for money, but the driver tells him to stop annoying the passengers. As he goes to raise some money, Paladin asks the driver who the man is. The driver explains that Dooley claims he used to be a big-time acrobat but now he just wanders from town to town...Read the full recap
Ben Marquette: All right. I'll boost the ante as far as Dooley can go. One hundred and two dollars and twelve cents. Can you afford that, Mister?
Paladin: Make it a thousand.
Ben Marquette: His life isn't worth that much.
Paladin: Your reputation?
Ben Marquette: I'll see your thousand, make it a thousand more.
Paladin: Why stop there? Three thousand dollars says Dooley can do the stunt.
Ben Marquette: You are on. My reputation, now. Hold the stakes, Bolo.
Paladin: Wait a minute! Six thousand dollars, that's too big a load for such a small character.
Paladin: I was boosting the bet to get you out of it. I was trying to make Marquette call it off! You must have been crazy to let them laugh you into a suicide stunt like that!
Dooley Delaware: It's... all set up. Three o'clock, tomorrow afternoon.
Paladin: I've been told that canyon is a hundred feet across and three hundred feet straight down, and a wind like the breath of the devil.
Dooley Delaware: Mr. Paladin? You heard what they call me. A monkey on a string? That's all I've ever been. Ever since the circuses quit hiring me.
Paladin: What circuses?
Dooley Delaware: A monkey on a string, doing nip-ups for nickels and dimes. I'm a man. Not a monkey.
Ben Marquette: Put it in a sack, Wally.
Wally: Mr. Marquette, I'd rather not...
Ben Marquette: Wally's got a wife and two kids. He's got to be honest.
Rena: From Marquette? He's too big. He's bigger than you, he's bigger than Dooley, he's bigger than the whole town. And Bolo's just standing on his shoulders.
Paladin: Well they ought to make quite a thump when they fall.
Paladin: Double-cross is a very ambiguous sign. It points in eight different directions all at once.