Charles Tarlton: The Cowboy and the Gambler

Charles Tarlton: The Cowboy and the Gambler

MARGOT

Isn’t that a little risky?

GAMBLER

He’s not there. He’s working in

town for the Marshal. Some kind

of deputy job.

(beat)

Only one with the herd is Old

Drover.

MARGOT

Does it ever bother you? The

thieving and killing, I mean.

Always cheating at cards?

GAMBLER

I rob and kill and cheat, my

dear, so I am not robbed, cheated,

or killed.

MARGOT

I’m afraid I would be crippled

with guilt.

GAMBLER

The word is not in my vocabulary.

The Gambler pours them each a fresh slug of whiskey and makes a toast.

Here’s to the state of nature.

EXT. PRAIRIE OUTSIDE TOWN – DAY

OLD DROVER is tending a small herd of beef cattle. COWBOY rides out from town to talk to the old man.

COWBOY

Everything nice and quiet?

OLD DROVER

No trouble.

COWBOY

Let’s hope. I heard some talk.

OLD DROVER

Yea, remember that time we got

raided by the Indians? I shot one

of them.

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