At Ritchie's General Store in Ashley, CA, Myra Ritchie watches from the window as four men ride into town. She goes into the real estate office and tells her father Henry that his gunmen are there, and that he can still reconsider. Henry refuses and says if they can't do the job, he's hired another one. He shows her the other gunman's business card and Myra admits she's ashamed of him. The lead gunman, Joe Marsh, comes in and leers at Myra. She sends Marsh in and then looks at the business card… for Paladin...Read the full recap
Paladin: The greatest calamities in history were made by words said in anger. If you can't back it up, don't speak in anger.
Myra Ritchie: Oh, thank you.
Paladin: It's entirely my pleasure. A pretty girl completes a beautiful morning.
Myra Ritchie: You sound as though you've said that before.
Paladin: I have, and I'm just as sure you've heard it before.
Paladin: Was that Joe Marsh who just left here?
Henry Ritchie: That's who it was; you know him?
Paladin: Not very well, but as well as I'd care to. Is your town doing business with him?
Henry Ritchie: We'll do business with the Devil if he's the man we need.
Paladin: You were just interviewing one of his assistants.
Paladin: Mr. Ritchie, I never use this gun unless I have to. That's why you'll find my fee somewhat high.
Paladin: Never make a threat you don't mean to carry out, Mr. Ritchie. Embarrassment could be the least result.
Henry Ritchie: It was just said in anger.
Paladin: The greatest calamities in history were the result of words just said in anger.
Mike O'Hare: A gunfighter?
Paladin: I don't care for that term.
Mike O'Hare: Well, what do you know? A sensitive gunfighter.
Eli Gardner: He's a gunfighter. What's he gonna use in case of trouble?
Paladin: Brains, Mr. Gardner.
Eli Gardner: That can have kind of temporary effects.
Paladin: But it does leave people alive and that's an advantage when the dust settles.
Mike O'Hare: You could've mopped the streets with me. Now why didn't you?
Paladin: I've always liked men who build. One of my great idols was the Emperor Hadrian.
Mike O'Hare: Hadrian? What do you know about Hadrian?
Paladin: Well, he was an emperor, great builder. Is that what you think you are, Mr. O'Hare? You seem to be making all the demands of an emperor.
Mike O'Hare: Hey, what made you change sides?
Mike O'Hare: Didn't that same education warn you to get out, when you know Marsh and his gang will arrive?
Paladin: You know, I must've skipped that class.