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The Girl of the Golden West continues. Ramerrez may have been saved from one peril, but he’s not out of the woods yet — or the snowstorm, for that matter.

This is the antepenultimate chapter! (The chapter before the chapter before the last one!)

Chapter 14

30:15.

This book’s chapters are normally posted on Sunday for your listening pleasure on Monday. But given all the days I’ve missed this month, I’m putting this up today (on the theory that one should make hay while the sun shines). Hope I don’t confuse anybody!

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The Girl of the Golden West continues. This is pretty much a “comedy relief” chapter, in which the two Native American characters further their romance, and the Girl takes some pretty comical measures to get ready for her dinner guest. The Girl’s cabin is also described, which is interesting both as a description of a woman’s belongings in the Old West and as set design.

The Native American characters continue to be written in a stereotypical manner (though I’ve seen lots worse elsewhere). I continue to try to read in a way that’s a little less offensive, without actually bowdlerizing the text. Sometimes this is made easy. The setup of an unmarried mother planning a temporary marriage would have been a shocking condemnation of Native lifestyles to audiences back then, but seems depressingly normal to us today.

Chapter 10

24:22.

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The Girl of the Golden West continues, as Ashby and Rance wait for a meet with Ramerrez’ justly disgruntled ex-lover, Nina Micheltorena.

Chapter 9

23:46.

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The Girl of the Golden West continues its Western love saga. The posse has left and the Girl is finally alone with Ramerrez, aka Johnson. But outside, Ramerrez’ outlaw band is still waiting….

Chapter 8

33:15.

I apologize for my lack of books last week. I blame lost contact lenses, lethargy, and just a touch of laziness. 😦 The funny thing is that, if I can manage to start reading, it often gives me a boost of performance adrenaline. Not always, though. (And it’s embarrassing to have to stop and erase recordings when I start falling asleep in the middle! So if you ever hear my words start slurring, it’s not the result of stroke or overindulgence in any substance. It’s just me not catching such an occurrence.)

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