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When I think of Texas Rangers, I instantly think of Lonesome Dove. It's hard to believe I've never read the Pulitzer prize winning novel by Larry McMurtry, but I've watched the Emmy award winning mini-series countless times and consider it one of my all-time favorites. This classic has spawned prequels, sequels, and TV series, but nothing compares to the original masterpiece.
While McCrae is warm, good natured, and understanding of people, Captain Call, Gus's best friend and partner, is the opposite: a workaholic taskmaster who hides in his work, emotionally cut off. He is afraid "to admit he's human," according to McCrae. He loved only one woman, a prostitute named Maggie, who gave birth to his only son, Newt. Though he knows he is his bastard son's father, he refuses to admit it and give Newt his name. He is hypercompetent at his work to compensate for his complete failure at human relationships. He is cold and driven by pride and honor, not love. Even when he drags the body of the only human who ever understood him and loved him anyway over 2000 miles across the Great Plains, suffering ridicule and hardship, he claims he is doing it for duty, not friendship.
My favorite character is Lorena, the reluctant prostitute desperately in love with Gus who aches to leave Lonesome Dove and make her way to San Francisco. My heart breaks every time during the scene where she stands with Gus's coffin all night, clutching the last letter he wrote her that she's unable to read, and says, "They'll all forget you Gus, but I won't. Whether it comes morning or night I'll think of you. They can forget, but I won't. Never, Gus."
Have you read or watched Lonesome Dove? Who is your favorite character? What's your favorite scene?