Charles Tarlton: The Cowboy and the Gambler

Charles Tarlton: The Cowboy and the Gambler

COWBOY

Yea, I remember. And as he was

dying he told me they were only

after just one steer. The band

was starving.

OLD DROVER

Stealing cows is serious business.

COWBOY

Should have given them a cow.

(beat)

Sometimes it seems the only thing

we do is fight.

OLD DROVER

Life or death, sometimes.

COWBOY

But, ain’t there always two sides?

This is wild country, but it can’t

stay wild forever.

OLD DROVER

Put yourself in the other man’s

boots?

COWBOY

Something like that.

OLD DROVER

Being good and all doesn’t mean

much if you’re dead.

COWBOY

I’ll try and remember that.

INT. SALOON – NIGHT

The Gambler, his associates, and a FARMER sit around a poker table playing five-card draw. The farmer keeps losing and gets angrier and more nervous with each lost hand. The Gambler is too relaxed, too pleased with himself, and too expectant.

A new hand is dealt.

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