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It's a good question, and sent me digging. I found a terrific essay on the film written by William Beard, and here is an excerpt that pertains to your question: That he should get away with killing while Ned dies horribly for not killing creates the moral abyss into which Munny plunges in forsaking his “good” self and embracing again his “bad” one. ...


The woman is one of the younger prostitutes, working from the tavern. She upsets the cowboy by laughing at him - specifically giggling at his size. When talking to Little Bill after the attack, Alice (the unofficial leader of the girls) says: She's going to live. She didn't steal nothing. She didn't even touch his poke. Alls she done, when she ...


Watch Little Bill's conversation in the jail to the writer. It shows that Bill ran in the same social circles as Bob when he was younger and that there is little real difference between them. He also knows about Eastwood and his history. The old gun fighters have grown up and are trying to find ways in the world but the world has no real use for them ...


It was mentioned in the film that woman had said something unflattering about the size of the cowboy's 'equipment'. This angered him and he cut her up.


To me, forgiveness is a running theme under all the major characters. The women refuse to forgive the cowboys, even after Bill fines them. Bill refuses to forgive English Bob for his past. The kid immediately seeks forgiveness when he kills the cowboy.


"forgiveness is a running theme under all the major characters" I agree. Women refuse to forgive the innocent cowboy even after he showed sincere remorse, perhaps because what they knew they already did (hire assassins). Most importantly, Munny never forgave himself over what he had done in the past, felt sure he was going to hell. And he certainly will ...


English Bob alludes to the fact that Little Bill was a drunkard and (by implication) an outlaw. They definitely crossed paths before but it is not indicated whether it was adversarial. Little Bill refers to Bob and himself as rare examples of "dangerous men" - men who can remain cool under pressure and kill without hesitation or remorse. These two and ...

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