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- Pemberton remembers helping the men put down the train tracks last September. He purposely worked among the men for a month before kicking back in the office, just to gain their respect.
- That was last year. Now Pemberton has to decide whom to make foreman (translation: manager) and replace Bilded.
- Wilkie, Buchanan, and Pemberton talk about potential candidates when Serena comments that the men should be afraid of the foreman so they keep working and don't slack of.
- Buchanan disagrees, but realizes he shouldn't cross Serena on this one.
- The men ask Serena if she's planning on going anywhere for the summer but she doesn't see the point in going back to Colorado now that she's left it.
- Plus, once her family died, she burned the place down. Oh.
- The men strike up a conversation about the Pembertons partnering with Harris. None of them are against it, so long as their partnership isn't neglected.
- If we read between the lines here, we can see that the men are a little nervous about what the new partnership means for them, but they are too afraid to say anything.
- Pemberton lets Galloway know that he has the promotion. Then he thinks about the past. He wonders how his life would be different if he hadn't met Rachel—he wouldn't be a father or have killed a man.
- It dawns on him that there's no point to dwelling on the past. Serena is always saying that. It's already gone.
- The next afternoon one of the workers gets bitten by a rattlesnake and dies. Serena asks the doc about the snakes out this way, and he tells her that five other men have been bitten there.
- Everyone says the snakes will go away for winter and return with a vengeance in the spring.
- But Serena's not so sure that will happen.
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