By Louis L'Amour
In Sackett, Louis L’Amour introduces readers to a wandering guy with a wish to quiet down and construct a very good life.
Hard situations have made William inform Sackett a drifter, yet now he hungers for a spot he can’t identify but is familiar with he has to discover. South of the Tetons he comes upon a ghost of a path that leads him via a keyhole move right into a lonely, alien, but appealing valley—a valley that holds a fortune in gold.
Then he reveals a good higher treasure: attractive Ange Kerry, a brave and innovative lady. but the cruel methods it takes to maintain his declare and his lifestyles may be the something that drives Ange away endlessly.
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That bear was minding his business so I minded mine. We Sackett boys never killed anything we didn't need to eat unless it was coming at us. A mountain man tries to live with the country instead of against it. However, this quartz, being where it was, struck me as an interesting thing. If it was to mark a trail of some land there was no indication of that trail on the ground, and some kinds of soil will hold trail marks for years. Prying that sliver of quartz from its crack, I gave it study. It seemed to have been there for years and years.
Gold causes folks to lose their right thinking and their common sense. It had been lied for and killed for, and I was in a lawless land. Gold has weight, and when a body carries it, it is hard to hide. Gold seems almost to have an odor. Folks can smell it out even faster than gossip. Finding the gold had been one thing, but getting it out was another. I'd no tools, and nothing in which to carry it but my saddlebags. Nearly all my money had gone to buy grub and gear for this trip south. I wanted to take enough gold out now to buy a mining outfit.
I wanted to take enough gold out now to buy a mining outfit. Seemed to be a sight of gold here, near as I could judge, as much as a body could want, but mostly I wanted enough for cattle and a place of my own, and enough to buy time for a little book learning. It ain't right for a man to be ignorant, but in the hills we had school only one year out of three, and the time might not last over two, three months. When I got all squared away with a pencil I could write my name ... Pa and Tyrel could read it, too.