The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:|
"You are sure this man--this desperado Bannister--will do nothing
"Not the way I figure it. He'll have the jail watched all day.
But he's got to work the town up to a lynching. I expect the bars
will be free for all to-day. By night the worst part of this town
will be ready for anything. The rest of the citizens are going to
sit down and do nothing just because it is Bannister."
"But it isn't Bannister--not the Bannister they think it is."
He shook his head. "No use, ma'am. I've talked till my throat
aches, but it don't do a mite of good. Nobody believes a word of