Paladin: Larker did your dirty work for years. Now, he's an anachronism and you want him killed.
Sam: Well, if you've got to kill him--
Hughes: Sam! We don't want anyone killed, that's just the point! Two years ago, the Association put five hundred dollars on the head of a rustler named Kabel and forgot about it. Now, Larker's the only one who knows him. He's located him and he wants to collect.
Paladin: So, I find Larker and keep him from killing Kabel. Is that it? And the Association's hands are clean--until next time?
Hughes: There won't be a next time. There's got to be an end to Larker's way. Now, we know that. And we believe we can stop it. You've got to believe it, too.
Jess Larker: Step down, son. Have some beans.
Paladin: Jess Larker?
Jess Larker: Mmm hmm. Was the last time I looked.
Paladin: My name is Paladin. The Association hired me to give you a hand with, uh, Kabel.
Jess Larker: Well, now, that's right thoughtful of them. But I like to work alone.
Paladin: So do I. That's not what we're being paid for.
Jess Larker: Want some beans?
Paladin: No, thanks. I think I've got enough cold duck for both of us.
Jess Larker: What a good-lookin' horse you got there. Fast, huh? Think I could take you?
Paladin: No chance.
Jess Larker: Eh, you know, them conventions ain't for me. I'm gettin' too old. The boys are just too good for me. Man like my age can't eat and drink and carouse all night and get up with the chickens. You drink much liquor?
Paladin: No more than usual.
Jess Larker: If I was to throw down on you now, I'd give you the edge, wouldn't it? Yep. Give you the edge, all right.
Paladin: Very interesting old place, isn't it?
Jess Larker: Son of a gun. Ain't you the smart one.
Paladin: Stop it, Larker. You could have climbed out that window up there and shaken me easily. You didn't do it, why?
Jess Larker: I dunno. I never had a head for figurin'.
Paladin: Kabel's here in this building, isn't he? You had to get me out of the way 'fore you could make your move. You thought I'd start looking for you outside.
Jess Larker: Well, now, if you're through showin' off, suppose we go down and get somethin' to eat?
Paladin: All right.
Jess Larker: And Paladin? Next time around's gonna be for the blue chips.
Paladin: Well, it feels like we may have a little rain.
Mrs. Madison: My husband never set any store in talking at mealtime. "Overworks the digestive juices," he said. They've got enough to do as it is.
Jess Larker: Excuse me, ma'am. All this talking and shadowboxing is turning my digestive juices over somethin' awful.
Mrs. Madison: Oh. Mr. Larker is quite right. We've had quite enough talking for one evening.
Paladin: Well, before we finish our little game, would anyone like to guess how Mr. Larker makes his living?
Mrs. Madison: I don't think any more conversation is...
Paladin: Notice the eyes--tte animal look about them. Scavenger animal look. That aura of death all around him.
Jess Larker: Go easy, Paladin.
Paladin: No takers? Well, then let me introduce you to Mr. Jess Larker. He kills people if the money's right. Right now he's looking at one of you. But when Jess Larker looks at you, he doesn't see a human being, breathing, eating--no. No, Jess Larker sees five hundred dollars' worth of cold meat slung over a saddle horn.
Jess Larker: You folks will have to excuse me. I'm just a simple man easy to deceive by clever talk. My friend here has almost got me believing that we don't work the same side of the street. But we do
Paladin: I was just wondering,after Kabel, where is your next one coming from?
Jess Larker: The Lord will provide. He always has. For a lot of years now.
Paladin: My understanding that you help the Lord along a little.
Jess Larker: Well, you see, Paladin, I come into this business late in life. I can't take the chances you young fellows take. You scared of me?
Paladin: Well, I don't know yet if you're trying to kill me.
Jess Larker: I'm scared of you. Plenty.
Paladin: In India, when a tiger's too old to run down deer or fight for game, he turns on a more helpless prey. Man. That's when he's most dangerous.
Jess Larker: What are you driving at?
Paladin: Well, I'm just wondering. How much of a chance you're gonna give Kabel when and if you find him. If you're gonna go too far, they'll have to hang you. Or do you give him one notch too much of an opening, he'd beat you to the draw. It'll happen. One way or the other.
Jess Larker: How many men have you talked to death?
Jess Larker: Paladin, we're gonna meet again some day. And when we do, I'm gonna buy you a drink. Because I've got a good joke to tell you. A good joke... on you.
Paladin: Larker, which one?
Jess Larker: I come in too fast. Always wait, fake, then move. But this time, too fast. Right in the back.
Paladin: Jess, which one?
Jess Larker: I got a joke on you. You are smart, high steppin'. Better than I ever was. But we're out of the same stable, Paladin. You and me. You'll get old. And you' got a day coming. And that's the joke. Now you laugh.