Gunsmoke, The Gambler, Part 3
At the climax of the story, we come to the confrontation between Ascombe and Cass. We find out about a situation in the past that Cass had dismissed from his mind. He considered it unimportant and of no consequence. It had to do with how he had treated an Indian. He didn’t think that anything would ever come of it, that nothing would happen as a result of this situation. It was a situation he thought he could simply forget about because “Indian’s don’t matter”. His flippant attitude shows how racial discrimination can go unchecked when most people share and accept racist thinking. But Ascombe didn’t see it that way. He saw Indians as people. He had hunted Cass down to get revenge for his Indian friend. Listen to their argument and try to understand both sides before you decide who’s right and who’s wrong.
Understandably, emotions were running high that day so the situation didn’t end in a peaceful negotiation. But fortunately, Matt Dillon was still there to stop Ascombe from killing Cass — and Cass from killing Ascombe.
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Review time: Listen to the whole play again, from beginning to end, Length: [24:47].