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Mattie Ross Quotes

12 of the best book quotes from Mattie Ross
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“The buildings are made of fieldstone and all the windows need washing.”
Charles Portis
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True Grit
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Mattie Ross
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immutability
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“You can’t rob a thief, can you? I never robbed no citizens.”
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“I said, “That is my father.” I stood there looking at him. What a waste! Tom Chaney would pay for this! I would not rest easy until that Louisiana cur was roasting and screaming in hell!”
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“Time just gets away from us.”
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“My family has property and I don’t know why I’m being treated like this.”
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“I had not thought before of this disfigured robber having had a childhood.”
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“I have left off crying, and giggling as well. […] Here is the money. I aim to get Tom Chaney and if you are not game I will find somebody who is game. I know you can drink whiskey and I have seen you kill a gray rat. All the rest has been talk. They told me you had true grit and that is why I came to you. I am not paying for talk.”
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“Like Martha I have always been agitated and troubled by the cares of the day but my mother had a serene and loving heart. She was like Mary and had chosen the “good” part.”
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“LaBoeuf said, ‘There is something in what she says, Cogburn. I think she has done fine myself. She has won her spurs, so to speak. That is just my personal opinion.’ ”
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“There is nothing free except the Grace of God. You cannot earn that or deserve it.”
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“Some people might say, well, what business is it of Frank Ross to meddle? My answer is this: he was trying to do that short devil a good turn. Chaney was a tenant and Papa felt responsibility. He was his brother’s keeper. Does that answer your question?”
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“I hurriedly cocked the hammer and pulled the trigger. The charge exploded and sent a lead ball of justice, too long delayed, into the criminal heart of Tom Chaney.”

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