~ Gunsmoke – The Choice, Part 2
Andy gets a job – the kind of job that requires a lot of responsibility. He’ll be riding shotgun for Jim Buck, the stagecoach driver. He sits on top of the stagecoach beside the driver and carries a shotgun. If the stage gets held up by outlaws, the shotgun man is there to protect the stagecoach, the luggage, and the passengers.
Matt’s name is on the line
Andy got this job on Matt’s recommendation, so Matt’s own reputation — his good name — is on the line. If Andy does a poor job, it will reflect on Matt. So, of course, Matt has a personal interest in Andy’s success. You can imagine how relieved Matt is when he sees Andy get back to Dodge City with his boss.
In Jim’s Bad Books
But Matt soon finds out that things did not go well between them. Jim is very angry and Andy is in his bad books. Andy knows he didn’t live up to his new boss’s expectations and he admits it to Matt, but Jim thinks Andy is downplaying it in the telling. He is making it seem less serious than it really is. According to Jim, Andy deserves to be punished. In fact, he deserves to be ‘tarred and feathered’. That kind of punishment is meant to hurt not only the body but also the pride.
What did Andy do that got his boss so upset?
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Andy is certainly in Jim Buck’s bad books! He didn’t fight the outlaw who held up the stage. What do you think of Andy’s reason? Do you think Andy was right or wrong in how he handled the holdup?
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