Rooster What for? Mattie Some of them have got blood on them. Rooster We ain’t lighting no matches. Mattie Well, I don’t want any. What did you do before you became a peace officer? Rooster Oh, just about everything… except keep school. Mattie How did you lose your eye? Rooster It was in the war. The Lone Jack, a little scrap outside Kansas City. Mattie What did you do after the war? Rooster I robbed me a federal paymaster, and went to Cairo, Illinois and bought an eating place there called “The Green Frog”, and married a grass widow. The place had a billiard table. Mattie You never told me you had a wife. Rooster Oh, well, I didn’t have her long. My friends were a pack of river rats, and she didn’t crave their society.
So, she upped and left me and went back to her first husband who was clerking in a hardware store in Paducah. “Goodbye, Reuben,” she says, “the love of decency does not abide in you.” That’s a divorced woman talking for you about decency. Well, I told her, I said, “Goodbye, Nola.” “And I hope that nail-selling bastard makes you happy this time.” Mattie Did you have any children? Rooster Mmm-hmm.
There was a boy, Nola taken him with her. He never liked me anyway. A clumsier child you’ll never see than Horace. I bet he broke forty cup! Mattie Never did get you for stealing that money? Rooster I didn’t consider it stealing.
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