True Grit Quotes
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Rooster Cogburn: When was the last time you seen your old pard Ned Pepper?
Emmett Quincy: I do not know him. Who is he?
Rooster Cogburn: I'm surprised you don't remember him. He's a skinny fellow, nervous and quick. His lip's all messed up.
Emmett Quincy: That don't bring anybody to mind.
Rooster Cogburn: There is a new boy that might be runnin' with Ned. He's got a powder mark on his face, a black place. He calls himself Chaney, or Chelmsford sometimes. Carries a Henry rifle.
Emmett Quincy: That don't bring anybody to mind. Black mark, I would remember that.
Rooster Cogburn: You don't remember nothin' I want to know, do you Quincy? What do you know, Moon?
Emmett Quincy: We don't know those boys you're lookin' for.
Moon (The Kid): I don't know those boys. I always try to help out the law.
Rooster Cogburn: Well, by the time we get back to Fort Smith that leg will be swelled up tight as Dick's hatband. It will be mortified and they will cut it off. Then if you live I'll get you two or three years in the Federal house up in Detroit there.
Moon (The Kid): You are trying to get at me.
Rooster Cogburn: They'll teach you to read and write up there but the rest of it won't be so good. Them boys, that can be hard on a gimp.
Moon (The Kid): You are trying to get at me.
Rooster Cogburn: Now, you give me some good information on Ned, I'll take you down to Bagby's store tomorrow and get that ball taken out of your leg. Then I'll give you three days to clear the Territory.
Emmett Quincy: We don't know those boys you are looking for.
[Cogburn laughs]
Rooster Cogburn: That ain't his leg.
Moon (The Kid): I would...
Emmett Quincy: Don't you be flappin' your mouth, Moon. It is best to let me do the talkin'.
Moon (The Kid): I would say if I knew...
Emmett Quincy: We are...we are weary trappers.

[looking over at Mattie]
Emmett Quincy: Who worked you over with the ugly stick?
Mattie Ross: The man Chaney with the marked face killed my father. He's a whiskey drinker like you and it led to killing in the end. If you answer the marshal's questions he will help you. I have a good lawyer at home and he will help you too.
Moon (The Kid): I am puzzled by this. Why is she here?
Emmett Quincy: Don't you go jawing with these people, Moon. Don't you go jawing with that runt.
Mattie Ross: I don't like you. I hope you go to jail. My lawyer will not help you.

Moon (The Kid): My leg is giving me fits.
Rooster Cogburn: No, a young fellow like you don't wanna loose his leg. No.
Emmett Quincy: Easy now. He is trying to get at you!
Rooster Cogburn: With the truth.
True Grit QuotesMoon (The Kid): We seen Ned and Haze two days ago.
Emmett Quincy: Don't you act the fool! If you blow I will kill you!
Moon (The Kid): I am played out. I need a doctor! We met Ned and Haze two days ago...
[Quincy grabs a knife from his boot slams it down on Moon's hand, chopping off four fingers, then stabs him in the chest, Cogburn then shoots Quincy in the head]
Rooster Cogburn: God damn it!

[Moon has fallen to the floor, knife in chest]
Moon (The Kid): Oh lord, I am dying! Do something! Help me!
Rooster Cogburn: I can do nothing for you, son. Your pard has killed you and I done for him.
Moon (The Kid): Don't leave me lying here! Don't let the wolves rip me up!
Rooster Cogburn: I'll see you are buried right. You tell me about Ned. Where'd you see him?
Moon (The Kid): Two days ago at Bagby's store. They are coming here tonight to get remounts, and sofky. They just robbed the Katy Flyer at Wagoner's Switch. I'm gone. Send the news to my brother, George Garrett. He's a Methodist circuit rider in South Texas.
Rooster Cogburn: Should I tell him you was outlawed up?
Moon (The Kid): It don't matter, he knows I am on the scout. I will meet him later walking the streets of Glory!
Rooster Cogburn: Now, don't be looking for Quincy.

[whilst waiting for Ned Pepper and his gang]
Mattie Ross: What do we do when they get here?
Rooster Cogburn: They ride up, what we want is to get 'em all in the dugout. I'll kill the last one that goes in, then we'll have them in a barrel.
Mattie Ross: You will shoot him in the back?
Rooster Cogburn: It will give 'em to know our intentions is serious. Then I'll call down, see if they'll be taken alive. If they won't I'll shoot them as they come out. I'm hopeful that three of their party being dead will take the starch out of them.

[as they are waiting for Ned Peppers to show up]
Mattie Ross: You display great poise.
Rooster Cogburn: Uh, it's just a turkey shoot. There was one time in New Mexico, was being pursued by seven men. I turned Bo around and taken them reins in my teeth and rode right at them boys firing them two navy sixes I carry on my saddle. Well, I guess they was all married men who loved their families as they scattered and run for home.
Mattie Ross: Well, that is hard to believe.
Rooster Cogburn: What is?
Mattie Ross: One man riding at seven.
Rooster Cogburn: Well, it's true enough. You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many is with him. He thinks about himself, how he might clear of the wrath that is about to set down on him.
Mattie Ross: Why were they pursuing you?
Rooster Cogburn: I robbed a high-interest bank. You can't rob a thief, can you? I never robbed a citizen. Never took a man's watch.
Mattie Ross: It is all stealing.
Rooster Cogburn: That's the position they took in New Mexico.

[Cogburn and Mattie watch from their hiding place as a single rider approaches slowly]
Rooster Cogburn: One man. I did not figure them to send a scout.
[as the rider dismounts near the cabin, Cogburn recognizes that it's LeBoeuf]
Rooster Cogburn: Damn. It is LeBoeuf.
Mattie Ross: Well, we have to warn him, Marshal!
[before Cogburn can do anything he sees Ned Peppers gang riding towards the cabin]
Rooster Cogburn: Too late.

[they watch as LeBoeuf encounters the approaching riders]
Mattie Ross: What do we do, Marshal?
Rooster Cogburn: We sit. What does he do?
[Cogburn looks at the other riders]
Rooster Cogburn: Him in the woolly chaps is Lucky Ned.
[as he sees LeBoeuf being roped and dragged around on a horse]
Rooster Cogburn: Well, that's that.
[Rooster starts shooting at the riders]

[after killing the Ned Pepper's gang]
Rooster Cogburn: Well that didn't pan out.

[as he's approaching a wounded LeBoeuf who's lying on the ground moaning]
Rooster Cogburn: You managed to put a kink in my rope, pardner.
LeBoeuf: I am severely injured.
Rooster Cogburn: Yes, you got drug some.
LeBoeuf: I got also shot. By a rifle.
Rooster Cogburn: Well, that's quite possible. The scheme did not develop as I had planned. You've been shot in the shoulder but the bullet passed through. What happened to your mouth?
LeBoeuf: I...I be...believe I bit myself.
Rooster Cogburn: You got couple of teeth loose and oh yeah, the tongue is bit almost through. Do you want to see if it will knit or should I just yank it free? I know a teamster who bit his tongue off being thrown from a horse. But after a time he learned to make himself more or less understood. I'll just yank it free.
[LeBoeuf moans in agony and tries to speak as Cogburn tries to yank his tongue out]
Rooster Cogburn: What...what's that now?
[LeBoeuf tries to speak]
Rooster Cogburn: What's that now?
[he takes his hand out of LeBoeuf's mouth]
LeBoeuf: It' will knit.
Rooster Cogburn: Ah, very well. It's impossible to bind a tongue wound. Too bad. We just ran across a doctor...
Mattie Ross: Marshal?
Rooster Cogburn: ...of sorts but I do not know where he was headed.
LeBoeuf: I saw him too. That's how I came to be here.
Mattie Ross: Neither of these men are Chaney.
Rooster Cogburn: I know it. I know them both. That ugly one is Coke Hayes. Him uglier still is Clement Parmalee. Parmalee and his brothers have a silver claim in the Winding Stair Mountains and I'll bet that's where Lucky Ned's gang is waitin'. Now, we'll sleep here, follow in the mornin'.
Mattie Ross: Well, we promised to bury the poor soul inside.
Rooster Cogburn: Ground is too hard. If these men wanted a decent burial they should have got themselves kilt in summer.

[talking to her horse as she's feeding him apples]
Mattie Ross: Sleep well, Little Blackie. I have a notion that tomorrow we will reach our object. We are hot on the trail. It seems that we will overtake Tom Chaney in the Winding Stair Mountains. I would not want to be in his shoes.

LeBoeuf: As I understand it, Chaney, or Chelmsford, as he called himself in Texas, shot the senator's dog. When the senator remonstrated Chelmsford shot him as well. Now, you could argue that the shooting of the dog was merely an instant of malum prohibitum, but the shooting of a senator is indubitably an instant of malum in se.
Rooster Cogburn: Malla-men what?
Mattie Ross: Malum in se. The distinction is between an act that is wrong in itself, and an act that is wrong only according to our laws and mores. It is Latin.
Rooster Cogburn: I'm struck that LeBoeuf has been shot, trampled, and nearly severs his tongue, not only does it not cease to talk but spills the banks of English.
LeBoeuf: I was within three hundred yards of Chelmsford once. The closest I have been. With the Sharp's carbine, that is within range. But I was mounted, and had the choice of
firing off-hand, or dismounting to shoot from rest, which would allow Chelmsford to augment the distance. I fired mounted...and fired wide.
Rooster Cogburn: You could not hit a man at three hundred yards if your gun was resting on Gibraltar.
LeBoeuf: The Sharp's carbine is an instrument of uncanny power and precision.
Rooster Cogburn: I have no doubt that the gun is sound.

[whilst riding Cogburn is singing and drinking, LeBoeuf and Mattie are riding behind him]
LeBoeuf: I do not believe he slept.
Rooster Cogburn: Fort Smith is a healthy distance, LeBoeuf, but I would encourage the creature you ride to head center. Out here a one-armed man looks like easy prey.
LeBoeuf: And a one-eyed man, who can't shoot? Why don't you turn back, Cogburn?
Rooster Cogburn:Ah, I will do fine. I know where the Parmalee's claim is. I am uninjured, well provisioned, and we agreed to separate.
LeBoeuf: In conscious you cannot site our agreement. You are the one who shot me.
Mattie Ross: Mr. LeBoeuf has a point, Marshal. It is an unfair leg-up in any competition to shoot your opposite number.
Rooster Cogburn: God damn it! I do not accept it as a given that I did shoot LeBoeuf. There were plenty of guns going off.
LeBoeuf: I heard the rifle and I felt the ball. You missed your shot, Cogburn, admit it.
Rooster Cogburn: Missed my shot!
LeBoeuf: You are more handicapped without the eye than I without the arm.
Rooster Cogburn: I can hit a gnat's eye at ninety yards!
[he throws his empty whiskey bottle into the air and fires his gun but he misses]

[after failing to to shoot the whiskey bottle, he shoots a third time and the bottle shatters]
Rooster Cogburn: That Chinaman is runnin' them cheap shells on me again.
LeBoeuf: I thought you were going to say the sun was in your eyes. That is to say, your eye.

[after LeBoeuf shoots the cornbread that Cogburn had thrown to shoot at the same time]
LeBoeuf: There.
Rooster Cogburn: There?! My bullet!
LeBoeuf: Your bullet? If you hit what you aim at, explain my shoulder!
Mattie Ross: Gentlemen, shooting cornbread out here on the prairie is getting us no closer to the Ned Pepper gang.
Rooster Cogburn: One more, this will prove it. Please hold fire!
[he tosses a corn dodger and fires again and again missing the shot]

[at their camp Mattie tries to feed LeBoeuf]
LeBoeuf: Cogburn does not want me eating out of his store.
Mattie Ross: That is silly. You have not eaten the whole day, and it is my store not his.
Rooster Cogburn: Let him starve! He does not track! He does not shoot, except at foodstuffs!
LeBoeuf: That was your initiative.
Rooster Cogburn: He does not contribute! He is a man who walks in front of bullets!
Mattie Ross: Mr. LeBoeuf drew single-handed upon the Lucky Ned Pepper Gang while we fired safely from cover.
Rooster Cogburn: We?
True Grit QuotesMattie Ross: It is unfair to indict a man when his jaw is swollen and tongue mangled and who is therefore unable to rise to his own defense!
LeBoeuf: I can speak for myself. I am hardly obliged to answer the ravings of a drunkard. It is beneath me.
[he rises to gather his things]
LeBoeuf: I shall make my own camp elsewhere. It is you who have nothing to offer, Cogburn. A sad picture indeed. This is no longer a manhunt, it is a debauch. The Texas
Ranger presses on alone.
Rooster Cogburn: Take the girl. I bow out!
LeBoeuf: A fine thing to decide once you have brought her into the middle of the Choctaw Nation.
Rooster Cogburn: I bow out! I wash my hands!
Mattie Ross: Gentlemen, we cannot fall out in this fashion. Not so close to our goal, with Tom Chaney nearly in hand!
Rooster Cogburn: In hand?! If he is not in a shallow grave, somewhere between here and Fort Smith, he is gone! Long gone! Thanks to Mr. LeBoeuf, we missed our shot! We have barked, and the birds have flown! Gone gone gone! Lucky Ned and his cohort, gone! Your fifty dollars, gone! Gone the whiskey...seized in evidence! The trail is cold, if ever there was one! I'm...I'm a foolish old man who has been drawn into a wild goose chase by a harpy in trousers and a nincompoop! Well, Mr. LeBoeuf, he can wander the Choctaw Nation for as long as he likes; perhaps the local Indians will take him in and honor his gibberings by making him Chief! You, sister, may go where you like! Our engagement is terminated! I bow out!

Mattie Ross: I am going with you.
LeBoeuf: Oh, that is not possible.
Mattie Ross: Have I held you back? Look, I have a Colt's dragoon revolver which I know how to use, and I would be no more of a burden to you than I was to the marshal.
LeBoeuf: That is not my worry. You have earned your spurs, that is clear enough. You have been a regular old hand on the trail. But Cogburn is right, even if I would not give him the
satisfaction of conceding it. The trail is cold, and I am considerably diminished.
Mattie Ross: How can you give up now, after the many months you've dedicated to finding Chaney? You have shown great determination. I misjudged you. I picked the wrong man.
LeBoeuf: I would go on in your company if there were clear way to go. But we'd be striking out blindly. Chelmsford is gone, we chased him right off the map. There is nothin' for it. I'm bound for Texas, it's time for you to go home too. The marshal, when he sobers, is your way back.
Mattie Ross: I will not go back. Not without Chaney, dead or alive.
LeBoeuf: I misjudged you as well. I extend my hand.
[he extends his hand, Mattie doesn't take it]
Mattie Ross: Mr. LeBoeuf! Please!
[he remains with hand extended, she finally gives him her hand and they shake]
LeBoeuf: Adios!
[he turns and rides away]

[whilst getting water from the stream Mattie notices Chaney on the other side of the river]
Tom Chaney: I know you. Your name is Mattie. Well, you're little Mattie the bookkeeper. Isn't that somethin'.
True Grit QuotesMattie Ross: Yes, and I know you, Tom Chaney.
Tom Chaney: What are you doing out here?
Mattie Ross: I came to fetch some water.
[Mattie pulls the flour sack from her coat pocket]
Tom Chaney: Oh, no I mean what are you doing in these mountains here?
Mattie Ross: Well, I have not been formally deputized but I am acting as an agent for Marshal Reuben Cogburn and Judge Parker's court.

[Mattie gets the Colt's Dragoon out of the sack and points it at Chaney]
Mattie Ross: I have come to take you back to Fort Smith.
[Chaney just looks at the gun]
Tom Chaney: Well I will not go. How do you like that?
Mattie Ross: There is a posse of officers up there who will force you to go.
Tom Chaney: Well, that is interesting news. And how many is up there?
Mattie Ross: Right around fifty and they are all well armed and they mean business. What I want you to do now is come on across the creek and walk in front of me up that hill.
Tom Chaney: I think I will oblige the officers to come after me.
Mattie Ross: Well, If you refuse to go I will have to shoot you.
True Grit QuotesTom Chaney: Oh? Well then you had better cock your piece.
[Mattie tries to pull the hammer back]
Tom Chaney: All the way back. Till it locks.
[she pulls the hammer back further until it locks]
Mattie Ross: I know how to do it. You will not go with me?
Tom Chaney: No. It's just the other way around. You're going with me. I will...
[Mattie fires, Chaney is shot in the chest and staggers a step back]
Tom Chaney: I did not think you would do it.
Mattie Ross: Well, what do you think now?
[Chaney is visibly in pain now]
Tom Chaney: Oh, one of my short ribs is broken.
Mattie Ross: You killed my father when he was trying to help you. I have one of the gold pieces you stole from him. Now give me the other.
Tom Chaney: It's gone right through.

[Cogburn shouts from the bushes]
Rooster Cogburn: Mattie!
Mattie Ross: I am down here!
Tom Chaney: Now I am shot by a child.
[Mattie shouts to Cogburn]
Mattie Ross: Chaney is taken into custody!
[Chaney walks towards Mattie she shoots the gun but it doesn't fire, Chaney grabs Mattie and slaps her]
Mattie Ross: Help me!
[Chaney is dragging Mattie alongside him]
Rooster Cogburn: Mattie!
[two men burst through the brush from Chaney's side of the river and start shooting]
Mattie Ross: Marshal!

Lucky Ned Pepper: Who all is down there?
Mattie Ross: Marshal Cogburn and fifty more officers.
[Ned throws Mattie to the ground, he puts his boot on her neck and points his gun at her]
Lucky Ned Pepper: You tell me another lie and I'll stove your head in!
Mattie Ross: Just the marshal.
Lucky Ned Pepper: Rooster!
[he shouts out]
Lucky Ned Pepper: Cogburn! Do you hear me?
[Cogburn doesn't answer]
True Grit QuotesLucky Ned Pepper: You answer me, Rooster! I will kill this girl! You know I will do it!
[we hear Cogburn's voice]
Rooster Cogburn: The girl is nothin' to me! She's a runaway from Arkansas!
Lucky Ned Pepper: That is all very well! Do you advise that I kill her?
[we hear Cogburn's voice again]
Rooster Cogburn: Well, do what you think is best, Ned! She is nothin' to me but a
lost child!
[Ned continues to point his gun at Mattie]
Rooster Cogburn: Think it over first.
Lucky Ned Pepper: I have already thought it over! You get mounted double fast! If I see you ridin' over that bald ridge to the northwest I will spare the girl. You have five minutes!
Rooster Cogburn: There will be a party of marshals here soon, Ned! Let me have the girl and Chaney and I will mislead them for six hours!
Lucky Ned Pepper: Too thin, Rooster! Too thin! Your five minutes is runnin'! No more talk!
[he pulls Mattie to her feet]

[Ned leads Mattie to their camp]
Mattie Ross: Can I have some of that bacon?
Lucky Ned Pepper: You can help yourself. Have some of the coffee.
Mattie Ross: I do not drink coffee. I am fourteen.
Lucky Ned Pepper: Well, we do not have buttermilk. And we do not have bread. We
are poorly supplied.
[Chaney comes up behind Ned]
Tom Chaney: Where is she?
[to Mattie]
Lucky Ned Pepper: What are you doing here?
Tom Chaney: I will wring your scrawny neck!
[to Chaney]
Lucky Ned Pepper: You let that go!

Lucky Ned Pepper: What happened, huh?
Mattie Ross: I will tell you what when you will see that I am in the right. Tom Chaney there shot my father to death in Fort Smith and robbed him of two gold pieces and stole his mare. I was informed Mr. Cogburn had grit and I hired him to find the murderer. A few minutes ago I came upon Chaney watering the horses. He would not be taken in charge and I shot him. If I had killed him I would not be now in this fix. My revolver misfired.
Lucky Ned Pepper: That will do it. It will embarrass you every time. Most girls like to play pretties, but you like guns do you?
Mattie Ross: I do not care a thing in the world about guns. If I did I would have one that worked.
Tom Chaney: I was shot from ambush, Ned. Them horses was blowing and making noise. It was that officer that got me.
Mattie Ross: How can you sit there and tell such a big story?
Tom Chaney: That pit is a hundred feet deep and I will throw you in. And I will leave you to scream and rot! Huh, how do you like that?
Mattie Ross: No you won't. This man will not let you have your way. He is your boss and you have to do as he tells you.

[Ned looks through his spyglass and sees Cogburn on the ridge of the other side of river]
Lucky Ned Pepper: Was that Rooster waylaid us night before last?
Mattie Ross: It was Marshal Cogburn and myself.
Lucky Ned Pepper: You and Cogburn, quite the posse.

Lucky Ned Pepper: What happened to Quincy, and The Kid?
Mattie Ross: They are both dead. I was in the very middle of it. It was a terrible thing to see.

Mattie Ross: Do you need a good Lawyer?
Lucky Ned Pepper: I need a good judge. What about Coke Hayes, the old fellow shot off his horse?
Mattie Ross: Dead as well. His depredations have come to an end.
Lucky Ned Pepper: Your friend Rooster does not collect many prisoners.
Mattie Ross: He is not my friend. He has abandoned me to a congress of louts.
Lucky Ned Pepper: You do not varnish your opinion.

[as they get ready to leave their camp]
Tom Chaney: Let us cut up the winnings from the Katie Flyer.
Lucky Ned Pepper: They'll be time for that at The Old Place.
Tom Chaney: I will mount the grey.
Lucky Ned Pepper: I have other plans for you.
Tom Chaney: Must I double-mount with the Doctor?
Doctor: No!
Lucky Ned Pepper: No, it'll be too chancy with two men up if it comes to a race. Tom, you wait here with the girl. When we reach Ma's house I'll send Carroll back with a fresh mount. You will be out by dark, we will meet you at The Old Place.
Tom Chaney: I do not like that. Let me ride with you, Ned, just out of here anyway.
Lucky Ned Pepper: We're short a horse.
Tom Chaney: Marshals will come swarming.
Lucky Ned Pepper: Hours, if they come here at all. They'll think that we've all gone.
Mattie Ross: I am not staying here by myself with Tom Chaney.
Lucky Ned Pepper: That's the way I will have it.
Mattie Ross: He will kill me. You heard him say it. He's killed my father and now you will let him kill me.
Lucky Ned Pepper: He will do no such thing. Tom, you know the crossing at Cypress Forks, near the log meetin' house? When you're mounted you take the girl and leave her there. Do you understand, Tom? If any harm comes to that child you do not get paid.

[after Ned and his men have left camp]
Tom Chaney: Everything is against me.
Mattie Ross: You have no reason to whine. If you act as the bandit chief instructed, and no harm comes to me, you will get your winnings at The Old Place.
Tom Chaney: Lucky Ned has left me, knowing I am sure to be caught when I leave on foot. I must think over my position and how I may improve it.
Mattie Ross: Where is the second California gold piece?
[Chaney stares silently into the camp fire]
Mattie Ross: What have you done with Papa's mare?
Tom Chaney: Keep still!

Mattie Ross: Are you thinking about The Old Place? Look here, if you will let me go, I will swear to it in an affidavit and once you are brought to justice it may go easier on you.
Tom Chaney: I tell you I can do better than that. I need no affidavit.
[he rises]
Tom Chaney: All I need is your silence.
[he suddenly grabs hold of Mattie by the throat, she tumbles backward, Chaney takes his knife and hold it against her throat]
Tom Chaney: Your father was a busybody like you. In honesty, I do not regret shooting him. He thought Tom Chaney was small. And would give me an affidavit. You are all against me. Everything is...
[suddenly he gets whacked in the head by LeBoeuf]

[after he's knocked out Chaney]
LeBoeuf: So that is Chelmsford. Strange to be so close to him at last.
Mattie Ross: Mr. LeBoeuf, how is it that you are here?
LeBoeuf: I heard a shot and went down to the river.
[he helps Mattie get up]
LeBoeuf: Cogburn outlined a plan. Mind your footin', there's a pit there. His part, I fear is rash. He returns for Lucky Ned.

Lucky Ned Pepper: Well, Rooster, will you give us the road?
[LeBoeuf and Mattie watch from above as Cogburn advance on Ned and his gang]
Mattie Ross: One against four. It is ill advised!
LeBoeuf: He would not be dissuaded.

Rooster Cogburn: How many men is with the girl?
Lucky Ned Pepper: Just Chaney. Our agreement is in force. She was in excellent health when last I saw her.
Rooster Cogburn: Farrel, I want you and your brother to stand clear. You as well, Doctor. I have no interest in you today.
Lucky Ned Pepper: What is your intention, Rooster? Do you think one on four is a dogfall?
Rooster Cogburn: I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned. Or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker's convenience. Which will you have?
Lucky Ned Pepper: I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!
Rooster Cogburn: Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!
[he charges towards Ned and his gang]

[as they watch Lucky Ned and his gang charge upon Cogburn and start shooting]
Mattie Ross: Shoot them, Mr. LeBoeuf!
LeBoeuf: Too far, moving too fast.

[Cogburn has been shot of his horse and Lucky Ned has been shot but still sat on his horse]
Lucky Ned Pepper: Well Rooster, I'm shot to pieces. It seems neither of us is to see Judge Parker.

[Mattie whoops as LeBoeuf shoot and kills LeBoeuf]
Mattie Ross: Some bully shot! That was four hundred yards, at least!
LeBoeuf: Well, the he Sharp's carbine is a...
[just then a rock is brought down on his head by Chaney]
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[Mattie gets hold of LeBoeuf's rifle and points it at Chaney]
Mattie Ross: Stand up, Tom Chaney!
[Chaney stands, Mattie fires the rifle catching Chaney in the chest, he's thrown back off the ledge]

[Mattie's fallen into the pit after shooting Chaney, she looks up and see a small hole of daylight]
Mattie Ross: Mr. LeBoeuf! Are you alive!
[no answer]

[whilst stuck in the pit Mattie hears Cogburn's voice]
Rooster Cogburn: Are you there?
Mattie Ross: I am here!
Rooster Cogburn: Can you clamber out?
Mattie Ross: I cannot! There are snakes!
Rooster Cogburn: They awake?
Mattie Ross: Yes!

[a small snake bits Mattie on her hand]
Mattie Ross: Ahh! I am bit!
[Cogburn shoot at the snake a few times and climbs down next to Mattie]
Mattie Ross: Does Mr. LeBoeuf survive?
Rooster Cogburn: He does. Even a blow to the head could silence him for only a few short minutes. Where are you bit?
[she shows her hand]
Rooster Cogburn: Look away now.
[he makes two slices in the flesh and sucks out the blood]

[after LeBoeuf has helped them up out of the pit, Cogburn hands Mattie to LeBoeuf]
Rooster Cogburn: I'll send help for you as soon as I can. Don't wander off.
[LeBoeuf puts Mattie on Cogburn's horse]
Mattie Ross: We are not leaving him!
[Cogburn mounts up behind to Mattie on the horse]
Rooster Cogburn: I must get you to a doc, sis, or you're not gonna to make it.
[to LeBoeuf]
Rooster Cogburn: I am in your debt for that shot, pard.
LeBoeuf: Never doubt the Texas Ranger.
[Cogburn rides off and LeBoeuf shouts after]
LeBoeuf: Ever stalwart!

[after they've been riding nonstop for several hours]
Mattie Ross: We must stop. Little Blackie is played out.
Rooster Cogburn: We have miles yet.
[to Little Blackie]
Rooster Cogburn: Come on, you!
Mattie Ross: No!
[the horse whines but keeps going]
Rooster Cogburn: That's it! Come on now!
Mattie Ross: No! Stop!

Mattie Ross: He is getting away.
Rooster Cogburn: Who's gettin' away, sis?
Mattie Ross: Chaney.
[Little Blackie suddenly stops and falls to the ground clearly no longer able to go on]

[after walking for several hours with Mattie in his arms, Cogburn stops in front of a house and takes out his gun and fires into the air]
Rooster Cogburn: I am grown old.
[pants heavily]

40-Year-Old Mattie: [voice over] A quarter of a century is a long time.
[we see a train stopping and a woman, older Mattie, steps down onto the station]
40-Year-Old Mattie: [voice over] By the time we reached Bagby's door my hand had turned black. I was not awake but I lost the arm. The marshal had stayed with me, I was told, till I was out of danger. But he departed before I came round. Once home, I wrote him of an invitation to come by the next time he found himself near Yell County and collect the fifty dollars I still owed him. I did not hear back from Marshal Cogburn and he did not appear. Then, one day I received a note from the marshalTrue Grit Quotes with a flyer enclosed. He said he was traveling with The Wild West Show, getting older and fatter, but I like to come and visit him when the show came to Memphis and swap stories with an old trail mate.
[we see older Mattie walking up to The Wild West Show banner]
40-Year-Old Mattie: [voice over] He would understand if the journey was too long. Brief though his note was, it was rife with misspellings.

[after older Mattie enters The tents of the The Wild West Show]
Cole Younger: Yes'm, I am Cole Younger. This is Mr. James. It grieves me to tell you that you have missed Rooster. He passed away, what, three days ago, when the show was in Jonesboro Arkansas. Buried him there in the confederate cemetery. Reuben had a complaint what he referred to as "night hoss" and I believe the warm weather was too much for him. We had some lively times. What was the nature of your acquaintance?
40-Year-Old Mattie: I knew the marshal long ago. We too had lively times. Thank you, Mr. Younger.
[as she turns to go she addresses Frank James who's been staring at her]
40-Year-Old Mattie: Keep your seat, trash.

[last lines]
40-Year-Old Mattie: [voice over] I had the body removed to our plot and I have visited it over the years.
[we see older Mattie at the cemetery looking at Cogburn's grave stone]
40-Year-Old Mattie: [voice over] No doubt people talk about that. They say, well she hardly knew the man. Isn't she a cranky old maid. It is true I have not married, I never had time to fool with it. I heard nothing more of the Texas officer, LeBoeuf. If he is yet alive I would be pleased to hear from him. I judge he would be in his seventies now and nearer eighty than seventy. I expect some of the starch has gone out of that cowlick. Time just gets away from us.

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