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True Grit

True Grit

by Charles Portis

True Grit Quotes

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Revenge Quotes

People do not give credence that a fourteen-year-old-girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it didn...

Violence Quotes

"That is a description of Tom Chaney. […] He got that black mark in Louisiana when a man shot a pistol in his face and the powder got under the skin." (2.30)

Mortality Quotes

We were told that the Indian's neck had not been broken, as was the case with the other two, and that he swung there and strangled for more than half an hour before a doctor pronounced him dead and...

Visions of America Quotes

[Yarnell] was born of free parents in Illinois but a man named Bloodworth kidnapped him in Missouri and brought him down to Arkansas just before the war. Yarnell was a good man, thrifty and industr...

Gender Quotes

People do not give credence that a fourteen-year-old-girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it didn...

Criminality Quotes

"His name is Chambers. He is now over in the Territory and we think he was in the party with Lucky Ned Pepper that robbed a hack Tuesday down on the Poteau River." (2.29)

Justice and Judgment Quotes

"The meanest one is Rooster Cogburn. He is a pitiless man, double-tough, and fear don't enter into his thinking. He loves to pull cork. Now L.T. Quinn, he brings his prisoners alive. […] He will...

Drugs and Alcohol Quotes

He had a bottle of whiskey and he drank that. (1.14)

Religion Quotes

Like Martha I have always been agitated and troubled by the cares of the day but my mother had a serene and loving heart. She was like Mary and had chosen the "good" part. (1.11)

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