Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel

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Grosset & Dunlap, 1912 - Adventure stories, American - 334 pages
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When Lassiter, a gunman with a reputation, rode into the Mormon village he found an angry mob. The object of their anger was the richest woman in town, who was unwilling to give up control of her spring water.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Vaguely pornographic in its blatant sensuality. A classic pulp Western that pits a religious Mormon woman against a hardened brute of animal magnetism. A ranger falls in love with the apparent ex- of ... Read full review

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Zane Grey first published this Western novel back in 1912, and it has become the standard by which others are measured. I don't know that it would survive a politically correct editor today, but it ... Read full review

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Page 8 - Evenin', ma'am," he said to Jane, and removed his sombrero with quaint grace. Jane, greeting him, looked up into a face that she trusted instinctively and which riveted her attention. It had all the characteristics of the range rider's — the leanness, the red burn of the sun, and the set changelessness that came from years of silence and solitude.
Page 110 - For his camp Venters chose a shady, grassy plot between the silver spruces and the cliff. <HERE, in the STONE WALL,> / had been WONDERFULLY CARVED by WIND / or WASHED by WATER / <SEVERAL DEEP CAVES above the level of the TERRACE>. [Grey 1980a:58 — token provided by Lori Levin] (c) First would apply a fronting rule, perhaps Topicalization, that would apply to (15) An elegant fountain stands in the Italian garden to yield (16) In the Italian garden stands an elegant fountain.
Page 157 - Gun-packin' in the West since the Civil War has growed into a kind of moral law. An' out here on this border it's the difference between a man an' somethin
Page 205 - Jane notes the change in her former employee: she felt the difference she saw in him. Wild, rugged, unshorn — yet how splendid! He had gone away a boy — he had returned a man. He appeared taller, wider of shoulder, deeper-chested, more powerfully built (205).
Page 159 - If that secret, intangible power closed its toils round her again, if that great invisible hand moved here and there and everywhere, slowly paralyzing her with its mystery and its inconceivable sway over her affairs, then she would know beyond doubt that it was not chance, nor jealousy, nor intimidation, nor ministerial wrath at her revolt, but a cold and calculating policy thought out long before she was born, a dark, immutable will of whose empire she and all that was hers was but an atom. Then...
Page 147 - Why?" he asked, and for the first time to her his voice carried a harsh note. Jane felt his hard, strong hands close round her wrists. It was not wholly with intent that she leaned toward him, for the look of his eyes and the feel of his hands made her weak. "It's no trifle — no woman's whim — it's deep — as my heart. Let me take them?
Page 109 - Venters turned out of the gorge, and suddenly paused stock-still, astounded at the scene before him. The curve of the great stone bridge had caught the sunrise, and through the magnificent arch burst a glorious stream of gold that shone with a long slant down into the center of Surprise Valley. . . . Even in his hurry and concern Venters could not but feel its majesty, and the thought came to him that the cliff-dwellers must have regarded it as an object of worship.
Page 10 - Where I was raised a woman's word was law. I ain't quite outgrowed that yet." Tull fumed between amaze and anger. "Meddler, we have a law something different from a woman's whim — Mormon law! . . . Take care you don't transgress it.
Page 2 - Spring, the water which gave verdure and beauty to the village and made living possible on that wild purpleupland waste. She could not escape being involved by whatever befell Cottonwoods. That year, 1871, had marked a change which had been gradually coming in the lives of the peace-loving Mormons of the border. Glaze — Stone Bridge — Sterling, villages to the north, had risen against the invasion of Gentile settlers and the forays of rustlers.
Page 325 - Mercy and goodness,' he says to Jane at the end, such as is in you, though they're the grand things in human nature, can't be lived up to on this Utah border. Life's hell out here. Jane, you think - or you used to think - that your religion made this life heaven. Mebbe them scales on your eyes has dropped now.15 The speech reads like an answer to In His Steps. Where Sheldon told people that if they lived like Christians they'd see it could transform their lives, this book...

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