Book Analysis: The Virginian

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The Virginian book is set in the western period. It is a book filled with adversity, jubilation, and prosperity. There are many characters in this book but the character that the book is centered around is the Virginian.

The Virginian is a good natured middle-aged man. He is employed on a cattle ranch in Sunk Creek, Wyoming by Judge Henry. One day he is sent, by Judge Henry, to Medicine Bow on an errand to pick up one of Judge Henry’s guests. Because of the distance from Medicine Bow to the ranch, the Virginian decides to stay overnight in town with the Judge’s guest. During their stay the Virginian engages in a game of poker, but while playing is accused of cheating by a man named Trampas. The accusation arouses a commotion in which the Virginian is forced to take out his gun to Trampas. No violence became of the commotion but a foe was created.

Time passes and the town in Bear Creek
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Their wedding is planned and they go into town to see to the ceremony. While Molly is getting ready the Virginian returns to the place he once played poker in and is met by Trampas who announces to the Virginian that if he does not leave the town by sundown he will be killed. The Virginian ponders what to do and seeks the bishop's advice. The Virginian then returns to the place where Molly is and tells her the situation that has unfolded. Molly proceeds to tell the Virginian that if he remains in town and kills Trampas himself she will refuse to marry him, but the Virginian has already come to his conclusion. He will meet Trampas and prove his manhood to all and kill Trampas. After the deed has been carried out the, Virginian returns to Molly to say his final goodbye. Molly surprises the Virginian by declaring that she could not live her life without him and is willing to forgive him his offense. They are wedded in town and precede with their honeymoon

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