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Cities of The Plain

Border Trilogy, Volume 3

by Cormac McCarthy

Cities of The Plain by Cormac McCarthy
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    May 1999, 292 pages
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    Jul 1999, 292 pages

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When he walked back through the barn Billy was standing in the doorway.

Has he gone back to bed?

Yeah.

What was he doin' up?

He said he couldn't sleep. What were you?

Same thing. You?

Same thing.

Somethin' in the air I reckon.

I don't know.

What was he talkin about?

Just stuff.

What did he say?

I guess he said cattle could tell the difference between a flight of geese and a cat on fire.

Maybe you don't need to be hangin' around him so much.

You might be right.

You all seem to have a lot in common.

He ain't crazy, Billy.

Maybe. But I don't know as you'd be the first one I'd come to for an opinion about it.

I'm goin' to bed.

Night.

Night.

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