At the Carlton, a young woman comes into the lobby and accidentally bumps into Paladin. She places his own card on his sleeve and looks him over. Paladin realizes that she's looking for a stereotypical gunfighter and assures her that he is Paladin. The woman introduces herself as Maya Ferguson, daughter of Alice, and explains that Alice gave her the card and said to seek out Paladin if Maya ever needed help. Paladin has no idea who Alice is until Maya explains that she was known as Blue-Dollar Alice. The gunfighter explains that Alice never used a last name or mentioned a daughter, and Maya tells him that Alice sent her East to school when she was a child. Paladin asks what she needs and Maya explains that the money from her mother has stopped. She went to Codeyville, AZ, where her mother runs the mines and ranches, but no one there knew Alice. Maya wants Paladin to travel to Codeyville with her. She insists that he remember that she's a lady, and then asks what the name "Blue-Dollar" means. Paladin refuses to discuss it until they arrive in Codeyville...Read the full recap
Maya: Mr. Paladin?
Paladin: Yes, ma'am.
Maya: You will agree to remember at all times, please, that I'm a lady.
Paladin: Well, your mother knew something that apparently they are not teaching young ladies in the schools in the East these days. The quickest way to bring out the worst in a man is to make certain that it's there.
Paladin: Well, Codeyville has changed. Last time I was here, town was half tents, cattle in the streets, miners, trail hands crowding the saloons, stabbings and shootings.
Mr. Briggs: Well, we, uh, growed out of that. We got law and order now. And a rule. No guns worn in the street. Mean it, just a word to the wise, you know.
Paladin: Well, that's a very good rule. If your sheriff can enforce it.
Mr. Briggs: Oh, ain't just him. Whole town.
Paladin: Was the burial service conducted by the local minister?
Morgan: Is there any reason why you can't take my word?
Paladin: One. You're a liar.
Reverend: And now? The woman called Blue-Dollar Alice. What is your interest in her?
Paladin: She was a friend.
Reverend: That doesn't tell me much.
Paladin: Well, Reverend, I think if you'll look in your Bible, you'll find that it says a good deal on the subject.
Reverend: I doubt if I need instruction on love and friendship, Mr. Paladin. Especially from a man who lives by the gun. Or claims friendship with that kind of woman.
Paladin: Reverend, the man whose teachings you profess to follow was not above forgiving that kind of woman. Calling her His sister.
Paladin: Now, you listen to me. What is evil in a place with white picket fences and starched curtains, can be something entirely different in a place where there is nothing but mud, and men, and aching backs and loneliness. Come here. I want to show you something. Come on! Now I want to tell you what it is you've got to be ashamed of. Your mother came here at a time when there was no other women within five hundred miles.
Maya: And opened a saloon.
Paladin: That's right, a saloon. Where a man could have a drink and play cards.
Maya: And meet over painted women?
Paladin: Well, Maya, I don't think you would have been strong enough to face the wolves and the sweat, and the death. Your mother loved those dirty, ugly men. Loved them, cared for them. Mended their rips, let them cry in her arms when their friends were killed, and then she made them laugh again.
Maya: Oh, she dispensed laughter. Yes, that does sound a little better, doesn't it?
Paladin: Compassion was her product. Does that education she bought you include that word, "compassion"?
Maya: She was a woman who did wrong.
Paladin: Perhaps, by your standards. And it may even be that those are the right standards for today. But she never did evil.
(after the reverend tosses him his guns)
Paladin: Reverend, once again I thank you.
Reverend: When our lambs grow claws, Mr. Paladin, then a wolf has need of his teeth.
Alice: Briggs, what are you ashamed of? I remember a night when you were as brave as wildcats, and had a whole alley full of maimed and injured to show it. Just because they knew your wife was no schoolteacher. Oh, you were a terror!
Paladin: That one?
Alice: Every man is half hero, half scared little boy.
Alice: A woman who wants to be a real woman always forgets the second part.