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Charles Portis

True Grit

There is no knowing what lies in a man's heart. On a trip to buy ponies, Frank Ross is killed by one of his own workers. Tom Chaney shoots him down in the street for a horse, $150 cash, and two Californian gold pieces. Ross's unusually mature and single-minded fourteen-year-old daughter Mattie travels to claim his body, and finds that the authorities are doing nothing to find Chaney. Then she hears of Rooster — a man, she's told, who has grit — and convinces him to join her in a quest into dark, dangerous Indian territory to hunt Chaney down and avenge her father's murder.
203 printed pages
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  • b8424970796shared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    Had to read this for class. It was a good read.

  • Luke Roashared an impression5 years ago
    👍Worth reading
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    I liked this book.

  • Paulshared an impression4 months ago

    Couldn’t put it down


  • nantesranteshas quoted6 years ago
    He said, “Be right still.” I looked around for Lee and figured he must have gone to bed. Rooster said, “I will try this the new way. Now watch.” He leaned forward and spoke at the rat in a low voice, saying, “I have a writ here that says for you to stop eating Chen Lee’s corn meal forthwith. It is a rat writ. It is a writ for a rat and this is lawful service of said writ.” Then he looked over at me and said, “Has he stopped?” I gave no reply. I have never wasted any time encouraging drunkards or show-offs. He said, “It don’t look like to me he has stopped.” He was holding Papa’s revolver down at his left side and he fired twice without aiming. The noise filled up that little room and made the curtains jump. My ears rang. There was a good deal of smoke.
    Lee sat up in his bunk and said, “Outside is place for shooting.”
  • etimmer2025has quoted5 days ago
    oeuf stopped and looked at him. Then he said, “I am going ahead with what I started.”

    Rooster pulled his cedar-handled r
  • etimmer2025has quoted5 days ago
    elp it, but more from anger and embarrassment than pain. I said to Rooster, “Are you going to let him do this?”

    He dropped his cigarette t

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