Greed

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  LOUIS B. MAYER
      presents
        An
ERICH VON STROHEIM
    PRODUCTION

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GREED

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Screen adaptation and Scenario
            by
       June Mathis
           and
    Erich von Stroheim

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     Edited by
  Jos. W. Farnham

    Settings by
  Cedric Gibbons

   Photography by
Ben F. Reynolds and
   Wm. H. Daniels

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          Produced by
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
          Corporation

         Released through
    Metro-Goldwyn Distributing
           Corporation

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reserved by INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF
            BUENOS AIRES

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    From the
American Classic

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McTEAGUE

   BY FRANK
      NORRIS

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           "I never truckled; I never took off 
the hat to Fashion and held it out for pennies. 
By God, I told them the truth. They liked it 
or they didn't like it. What had that to do with 
me? I told them the truth; I knew it for the 
truth then, and I know it for the truth now."

				FRANK NORRIS.

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             THE CAST
Trina .........          Zasu Pitts
McTeague .....       Gibson Gowland
Marcus ......         Jean Hersholt
Maria .......           Dale Fuller
Mother McTeague ..     Tempe Pigott
"Mommer" Sieppe ...   Silvia Ashton
"Popper" Sieppe ... Chester Conklin
Selina .......        Joan Standing

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PERSONALLY DIRECTED 
       by 
Erich von Stroheim

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Dedicated 
   to 
my mother

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       THE BIG DIPPER
         GOLD MINE
Placer County, California.
         A.D. 1908. 

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GOLD - GOLD - GOLD - GOLD
BRIGHT AND YELLOW, HARD AND COLD,
MOLTEN, GRAVEN, HAMMERED, ROLLED,
HARD TO GET AND LIGHT TO HOLD;
STOLEN, BORROWED, SQUANDERED - DOLED.

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Such was McTeague.

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Such was Mother 
   McTeague.

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Filled with the one idea of 
  having her son enter a 
profession and rise in life ... 
the chance came at last to 
     Mother McTeague.

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His mother's ambition 
was fired ... and Mac 
went away with the 
dentist to learn his 
    profession.

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Mac learned dentistry, after 
  a fashion, through 
assisting the charlatan .... 
and, years later, on Polk 
Street in San Francisco, "Doc" 
  McTeague was established.

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"Have a seat, Marcus."

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"Trina, Mac's the strongest 
  duck you ever seen -- 
        by damn!" 

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"That's Maria ... she 
keeps Mac's place 
clean. She's cuckoo 
   in the head." 

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"Buy a ticket in the 
     lottery?"

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"-- just a dollar!" 

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"Go 'long with you! 
Lotteries is against 
      the law!" 

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"-- the butcher in the 
next block won twenty 
dollars the last drawing!" 

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"Mac, old pal, I wantcha 
to shake hands with 
my cousin, Trina Sieppe. 
  She's my sweetie!"

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"Don't you hurt her 
  too much, Mac."

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"So long, Mac, I got to 
do some work yet ... 
at the dog hospital." 

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"Don't do anything I 
wouldn't do .... you 
       know!" 

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"I guess I'll have to pull 
  them three teeth and 
  make you a bridge." 

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"Oh no! That will cost 
 too much, won't it?" 

32
For the first time in his 
 life, McTeague felt an 
inkling of ambition to 
    please a woman.

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During the next two 
  weeks Trina was 
  a daily patient.

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"Ether ... not so 
  dangerous as 
      gas."

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So Mac administered 
    the ether.

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But below the fine fabric 
 bred of his mother, ran 
the foul stream of hereditary 
evil ... the taint of generations 
  given through his father.

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Terrified at his weakness, 
McTeague threw himself 
once more into his work with 
desperate energy ... until he 
        finished.

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"Oh, Mac's all right ... 
      by damn!" 

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Trina was to come 
     no more.

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His dream was gone.

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The following Sunday, 
 Marcus took Mac to 
  the Cliff House.

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"What's the matter with 
you these days, Mac ... 
        huh?"

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"It's ... it's ... Miss Sieppe!"

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"You mean ... that you, 
       too --"

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"She's been the first 
girl I've ever known.
I couldn't help myself!"

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"-- I was so close 
    to her -- "

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"-- an' smelled her 
      hair --"

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"-- an' felt her 
     breath!" 

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"Oh! ... you don't 
      know!"

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"Well ... what are we 
goin' to do 'bout it?" 

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"I'll give her up to you, 
       old man --"

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"-- by damn!"

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"Friends for life --"

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"-- or ... death!"

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"I'm ... much ... obliged, 
Marcus. I'm much ...
      obliged!"

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Then, with unselfish friend-
ship for his "pal", Marcus 
took Mac to Oakland the 
next Sunday ... that he 
might again be with Trina 
  and meet her folks.

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"Mac, this is Trina's 
      father!"

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"Sure glad t' know 
 ya, Mr. Sieppe."

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"Mommer!"

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"Doc,...shake hands 
with my cousin, Selina."

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"Here's where we shell 
      out, Mac."

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"Gimme four bits!"

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"I ain't got no money 
with me ... only a dime!"

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What a day that was 
for McTeague ... what 
a never-to-be-forgotten 
        day!

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Weeks passed and March 
rains put a stop to their 
picnics ... but Mac saw 
Trina every Wednesday and 
        Sunday.

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"Let's go over and 
sit on the sewer." 

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"-- 'Hearts and 
   Flowers'?"

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"No ... but, 'Nearer My 
     God to Thee'."

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"Say, Miss Trina,... 
why can't us two get 
     married?" 

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"Why not? Dontcher 
like me well enough?"

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"Then ... why not?"

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"Because!"

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First .... chance had brought 
 them face to face; now .... 
mysterious instincts, as 
ungovernable as the winds 
of the heavens, were knitting 
  their lives together.

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"Let me go alone ....
      please!" 

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"-- you may ... you 
 may come Sunday!" 

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"Can't I kiss ya again?" 

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"I've got her! By God ...
   I've got her!!" 

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Trina and Mac became 
 engaged. The event 
was celebrated with a 
   theatre party.

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"I liked the lady best ... 
who sang those sad 
      songs."

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"I liked pest ... der 
      yodlers!"

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"I liked best ... the fellow 
who played 'Nearer My 
God to Thee' ... on the 
    beer bottles."

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"Pehave!" 

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And afterwards, there 
  was to be "some-
thing to eat" at Mac's 
   dental parlors.

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"Your lottery ticket has 
   won five thousand 
       dollars!"

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"Oh! .... there's 
   a mistake!"

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"On presentation of your 
ticket .... you will receive 
a check for five thousand 
        dollars!"

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"Vat efer vill you do 
mit all dose money, 
      Trina?"

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"Get married on it .... 
    for one thing!"

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"Can't we go into your 
parlors and celebrate?"

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The party ended late. Mac 
and Marcus gave up their 
rooms to Trina, "Der 
Mommer" and little 
    "Owgooste".

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"Oh, Mac! Think of all 
this money coming to 
us .... just at this 
       moment."

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"Come along, Mac. We've 
gotta sleep with the 
dogs tonight you know." 

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"What a damn fool 
    I was --" 

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"-- if I'd a' kept 
Trina, I'd a' had ...
  five thousand 
     bucks!" 

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"-- damn the luck!"

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Trina and Mac were married 
  a month later in the 
photographer's rooms that 
Mac rented for their future 
          home.

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-- and then they 
viewed the gifts.

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-- and then, for two 
full hours, they gorged 
     themselves.

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-- then, came the 
    farewell.

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"Doktor ... pe goot to 
her! Pe vairy goot 
to her ... von't you?"

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"Der's nuttin' to pe 
'fraid oaf! Go to your 
      husban'."

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The early months of married 
  life wrought changes. 
Since her lottery winning, 
Trina feared their good luck 
might lead to extravagance; 
and her normal instinct for 
 saving became a passion.

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"I haven't no small 
   change, Mac."

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For quite some time, 
  McTeague had his 
eye on a little house ....
that they might be by 
     themselves.

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"What d'yer think?"

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"We can't afford such 
extravagance. Thirty-
five dollars ... and the 
    water extra!"

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In the new order of 
life, Trina reduced 
Mac's visits to Frenna's 
Saloon to one night 
      a week.

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"Say, Mac .... when are 
ya gonna pay me that 
money you owe me?"

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"Huh? Do ... I ... owe ...
  you ... any money?"

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"Well, you owe me ... 
four bits! I paid for 
you and Trina that 
day ... at the picnic!"

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"You oughta have told 
    me before." 

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"I'm ... I'm much obliged 
    to you, Marcus."

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"-- and you never paid 
me for sleepin' in my 
dog hospital the night 
you was engaged, either!"

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"Do you mean ... I ....
I shoulda paid for that, 
         too?"

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"Well,... you'd a' had 
to pay four bits for 
 a bed anywheres!"

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"What's the matter with 
you lately, Marcus? 
Is there somethin' I've 
        done?"

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"All I know is ... that 
I been soldiered out of 
     my girl --"

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"-- an' out o' my 
      money!" 

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"Do I get any o' them 
five thousand bucks 
from the lottery?"

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"It ain't mine to give!"

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"You're drunk! ... that's 
      what you are!" 

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"Am I gonna get some 
  o' that money?"

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"-- I'm through with 
        you!!"

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"He broke my pipe!!" 

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"-- he can't make 
  small o' me!"

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"He broke my 
  pipe! --"

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Marcus' attack was soon a 
forgotten incident. Mac's 
moods of wrath always faded 
   in Trina's company.

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"-- Mommer wants ...
      me --"

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"-- wants ... US --"

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"-- to send her fifty 
      dollars."

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"Well, I guess we 
can send it ......
    can't we?"

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  "I wonder if Mommer 
thinks we're millionaires?"

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"Trina, you're gettin' to 
  be a regular stingy! 
You're gettin' worse and 
   worse every day!"

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"But .... fifty dollars 
  is fifty dollars!"

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"Well, you got a lot 
saved up ... and besides, 
you still got all o' 
your five thousand."

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"Don't talk that way, 
Mac! That money is 
never ... never going 
  to be touched!"

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"If Mommer really needs 
the money so badly ....
 she'll write again."

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Trina's miserly attitude grew 
  steadily through the 
following months ... but her 
brusque outbursts of affection 
kept her tolerable to the 
 slow-thinking McTeague.

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"Well .... bygones is 
bygones, ain't they, 
       Mac?

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"Sure!"

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"Well ... how's business, 
         Doc?"

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"-- plenty o' money?"

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"-- lots to do?"

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"Everythin' just fine ....
         huh?"

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"We've got lots to do -"

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"-- but we haven't got 
      no money!"

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"Well,... I'm goin' away. 
Goin' in cattle ranchin 
 with a English duck."

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"Comin' back? Why,...
I ain't never comin' back."

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"I came t' say 
  'goodbye'."

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"I guess we won't never 
see each other again." 

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"I guess so."

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"Good luck .... t' you 
        both!" 

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"Goodbye! That's the 
best thing I ever heard 
     Marcus say."

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So Marcus had left .... 
 left for good. Never 
again should they be 
 disturbed by him.

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"Why .... it isn't 
    possible!"

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"Well .... I ain't gonna 
quit for just a piece 
     o' paper!"

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"Go on, Mac! Get all 
the money you can 
before they make 
   you stop."

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"It's MARCUS .... that's 
      done it! --"

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"-- damn his soul!!"

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Only little by little did 
    the McTeagues 
understand the calamity 
that had befallen them.

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"I got ev'rythin' fixed, 
an' ready an' waitin' ...
  an' nobody's ever 
  gonna come any 
       more." 

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"That's the way to 
rub it out ... by me 
   crying on it." 

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"If...I...ever...meet...
  MARCUS SCHOULER!"

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"If...you...ever...do!"

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With the stopping of 
McTeague's practice, the 
grind began. Trina sold 
everything; she worked at 
toy whittling that her money 
might remain untouched.

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"They fired me!"

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"Isn't there another 
surgical instrument 
 factory in town?"

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"Yes...there's...there's 
       two more."

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"We're losing money 
every second you sit 
    here! --"

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"-- and we cannot 
   afford it!"

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"They paid you ...
  didn't they?" 

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"-- always money!"

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"Better gimme a nickel 
   for carfare --"

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"-- it's a long walk --"

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"-- an' it's gonna rain."

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  "A big fellow like 
you ... 'fraid of a little 
         walk!"

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"You oughta taken 
      a car."

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"You're goin' to catch 
 your death o' cold!" 

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"Two straight, Joe."

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"It kind o' disagrees 
      with me."

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"Aw ... hell! You'll die ... 
  if you stand 'round 
   soaked like that."

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Gold was her master ....
a passion with her, 
a mania, a veritable 
  mental disease.

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"Did you get a place?"

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"Did you ... get caught ...
     in the rain?"

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  "Wouldn't even gimme 
a nickel ... for carfare!"

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"I didn't know it was 
    going to rain."

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"Didn't I tell you 
     it was?"

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"You ain't gonna make 
small o' me .... all the 
        time!"

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"Did you ... get 
   a place?"

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"Gimme back the money 
     I gave ya!"

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"I ... paid ... the grocery 
     bill with it."

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"I don't believe ya!"

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"Why, Mac ... do you think 
    I'd lie to you?"

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"Did you ... get 
   a place?"

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"Ain't that fine?"

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"Ain't it lovely?"

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"I won't have you yell 
 at me ... like that!"

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"You're gonna do ... just 
as I tell you ... after 
this ... Trina McTeague!"

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"Yes! ... I been drinkin' 
        whiskey!"

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"I'm beat out ... an' 
  I don't wanta be 
      bothered!"

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"I wonder where he 
got the money ... to 
 buy the whiskey?"

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   As time went on, Mac's 
  idleness became habitual. 
His dislike for Trina increased 
   with every day of her 
   persistent stinginess.

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"I'll get some money 
   and come back." 

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"You with all that 
money .... an' me 
with nothin'. Come'n!"

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"Don't you love me 
 any more, Mac?"

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"Sure I do!"

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As Trina's greed grew, Mac's 
ambition waned .... and 
died. They sank lower and 
lower that Trina might still 
  save from her meager 
        earnings.

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"That's three days old. 
It's hardly fit for dogs." 

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"Where's my change?"

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"Two bits ... out o' 
     a dollar?"

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"Do you think I'd ...
     cheat you?" 

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Mac's meal was eaten 
and finished in silence. 
For the first time in his 
 life he had thoughts.

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"So long!"

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"Kiss me goodbye, Mac?"

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"Why don't you bring 
some of your fish 
 home sometimes?"

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"It might save you 
    a nickel."

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"I think I'll take 
them birds o' mine 
     along."

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"Sell 'em?"

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"You ought to get 
at least five dollars 
    for them."

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"Maybe ... six dollars!"

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"Well ... so long!"

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"- how I've slaved, and 
   starved for you."

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Mac never returned 
after that day .... so 
Trina took employment 
 as a scrub-women.

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And with all her gold, 
  she was alone ....
a solitary, abandoned 
       woman.

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"Say, Trina ... lemme 
    in, will ya?"

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"I ain't had nothin' t' 
eat since yesterday 
       mornin'."

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"I'll see you starve before 
you get another penny ... 
      of my money!"

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"I wouldn't let a dog 
     go hungry!"

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"Not ... if he'd bitten 
         you?"

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"If I had hold 
o' you, I'd --"

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"I want that five 
    thousand!"

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"I bet ... it'll rain 
       tomorrow."

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McTeague had been missing 
from San Francisco for 
    weeks, when --

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The Fugitive.

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"-- I know 'um well! 
I can identify 'um!"

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"-- an' that five thousand 
  he got away with .... 
    belongs to me!"

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"There ain't a man o' 
  you big enough t' 
stop me from goin'!"

238
"Lord love you, come 
'long then. He's been 
reported headin' for 
   Death Valley."

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That night desolation lay still 
around Mac. Every nerve 
cried aloud for rest, yet every 
instinct seemed goading him 
      to hurry on.

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"Damn you! Come on, 
will ya .... an' have 
      it out!"

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"If it gets much hotter ...
     I don't know!" 

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"God! .... what a country!" 

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And for days, on Mac 
went .... chasing the 
receding horizon that 
always fled before him.

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The last water hole.

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"It's impossible to cross 
Death Valley! There 
ain't enough water for 
one man an' his 
mount .... let alone 
      eight!"

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"We've got to circle 
'round the Valley."

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"Like hell I will! I ain't 
      sworn in."

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"I'll do ... as I please!"

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"Go on then ... you damn 
fool! But I ain't got 
nothin' t' do with it!"

250
"If you catch him, put 
these bracelets on him 
  an' bring him in!"

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McTeague was headed for 
the very heart of Death 
Valley .... that horrible 
wilderness of which even 
  beasts were afraid.

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"It's goin' to be worse 
   than ever today." 

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"By damn ... if he ain't 
got no water with 
'um, I'll be in a bad 
         way." 

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  But hatred and the 
  greed for gold kept 
Marcus up .... and closer 
and closer he came.

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"What did ya do with 
that five thousand?"

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"Got any water?"

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"Is all the water we 
got ... on the saddle?"

258
"He ate some loco-weed. 
We'd better finish him ...
t'ain't right to let 'um 
        suffer."

259
"There's no water ... 
  within a hundred 
  miles o' here!"

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"We...are...dead...men!"

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"Even if we're done 
for, I'll take some o' 
  my truck along."

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"I ain't so sure 'bout who 
  that money belongs to!"

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"-- an' don't try and 
load that gun either!"

264
"Don't you lay your 
  fingers on that 
     sack!" 

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