Paladin gets off at the stagecoach in Abilene and checks into the local hotel. He notices a sign for Tomahawk Carter's Wild West Show, advertising for experienced Westerners. As he goes inside, a young woman dressed as a gunslinger shoots up the place, chasing the waiter out. When the manager tires to stop her, the girl shoves him away and notices Paladin in his fancy clothes and insults him. Paladin ignores her and the girl, Ella West, tells anyone that she's no lady and offers to outshoot and outcuss any man there...Read the full recap
Ella West: For two cents I'd run you out of town, pony boy.
Tracey Calvert: (tosses her two cents) Don't cut your price for me.
Paladin: Ella West is an illusion, a legend. A romantic illusion. People are going to expect you to bring that illusion to life. And instead you're going to present reality. A grimy-faced, repugnant, loud-faced little shrew.
Paladin: Tom, wait a minute. There's one wild thing that man will never civilize. Woman.
Tomahawk Carter: Well, I thought if you could tame a horse, you could tame that woman. Both just about as stubborn, one as the other.
Paladin: With a horse the odds are twelve-to-one against. With a woman... (throws up his hands)
Paladin: I know, Tom, and that's why I want ten percent of the entire proceeds for the season. If I succeed, eh.
Tomahawk Carter: You haven't changed much, have you?
Paladin: I hope that's a compliment.
Ella West: You ain't going to make no lady out of me!
Paladin: First, you wouldn’t be two cents to the show as a lady. And second, it would be impossible in the first place.
Paladin: Now, Mr. Breed, I've got one shot left. You draw whenever you're ready.
Ella West: The store sold me a lot of crossropes and lashin's to go underneath. I—I--it would have cinched me in like a saddle. I figured I didn't need it.
Paladin: Obviously. But it's not considered polite to discuss undergarments.
Ella West: You're just like that silver thing on your holster. It's a knight, ain't it?
Paladin: It's a chess knight.
Ella West: Knights were real courteous fellas. They got up so pretty and they talk so fancy that a girl might think they really mean what they say. I figure they're just being kindly.
Paladin: You'd only need kindness if you had no virtues. And you have many. You have courage, a rare honest kind of courage that lets you look in a mirror and change what you see there. And you're a woman. You're a very attractive woman.