At the Hotel Carlton, Paladin is examining a watch when Hey Boy comes in with a newspaper and reads him an article. The story concerns the town of Bugbear, which is trying to clean up the criminal element and changing their name to Elysium, under the leadership of Mayor Harper. When the article’s writer asks how, Paladin gives his card to Hey Boy to make arrangements...Read the full recap
Paladin: You were supposed to push when I lifted!
Melissa Griffin: I'm sorry. But I have to talk to you.
Paladin: Talk? Talk?
Melissa Griffin: About that. (looks at his gun)
Paladin: Well, what about it?
Melissa Griffin: I'm against it.
Paladin: So am I.
Melissa Griffin: I'm serious!
Paladin: So am I.
Melissa Griffin: You seem like a gentleman. Why would you have to carry a gun?
Paladin: Because in the world around us, there are a number of men who are not gentlemen.
Paladin: I'm not a gunman, Miss...?
Melissa Griffin: Melissa. Sister Melissa. I'm a missionary. I shall pray for you, Mr...?
Paladin: Paladin. And I thank you.
Melissa Griffin: I'll be there to help if you need me.
Paladin: Is this your first mission alone?
Melissa Griffin: At the mission school, they said I was ready for it. They said they couldn't hold me back anymore.
Paladin: Oh, I believe that.
Paladin: You are beautiful. And your faith is beautiful, but sometimes the essence of beauty is its fragility. And Bugbear is not a good place to test it.
Melissa Griffin: Are you afraid of a test?
Melissa Griffin: Nor am I.
Paladin: Perhaps we could strike some kind of compromise. I make it a practice never to wear a gun when I'm having dinner with a lady.
Melissa Griffin: Perhaps that's just when you should keep your powder dry, Mr. Paladin.
Paladin: Well, you are a woman of great determination.
Melissa Griffin: Does that frighten you? It's frightened every other man.
Paladin: No. But I do puzzle about you.
Melissa Griffin: Perhaps you imagine me leading the martyrs into the Colosseum.
Paladin: Oh, no. I should be very concerned for the lions in that case.
Mayor Harper: (paying Paladin) Well, here it is. There's some of us feel by rights you should split it.
Barber: You couldn't have done it alone.
Paladin: I didn't say I could. But since Melissa has your guns and your pledges, and that's all she asked for, I will accept your money, since that's all I asked for.
Melissa Griffin: That's fair, I suppose. Of course, I don't have your pledge.
Mayor Harper: Ain't you goin' her way?
Paladin: Heraclitus says that all ways are the same way. And it could be that he's right.