When Captain Call decides that he's going to uproot everyone and drive a herd of cattle to Montana, Gus loudly huffs and puffs and complains, but he goes right along with him. And that's when we get to see what kind of man Gus really is. The man who's happy lazing around the ranch is definitely a part of him, but he is at his best in a saddle and on a trail.
He talks and talks and talks to anyone who will listen and to many who wish he'd shut up. His sense of humor cracked me up! He doesn't let reclusive Captain Call withdraw completely. He keeps up the spirits of the younger men. He gives a few inspirational talks, but mostly he just aggravates them until they do what he thinks they should do.
He has a very strong, well-defined sense of right and wrong. He does not hesitate to enforce the law, even when it would be easier to let things slide. Personal loyalties do not come before his oath to uphold order.
Knowing that Clara won his heart says a lot about him. She is independent, strong, and feisty. Gus wouldn't want a woman who heard his every word as law. He likes a good argument and Clara gives them to him. They're a good match.
But Gus really won my heart in his handling of Lorie. She winds up on the cattle drive too and his treatment of her was, well, gallant. She hasn't had an easy life but he always treats her as a lovely friend rather than a prostitute. When she gets down, he cheers her up and makes her laugh. Her story arc is one of the harder ones to read and Gus is the one who saves her, in pretty much every way it's possible for one human being to save another. While Gus McCrae lived, chivalry was not dead, even if it did come in the form of a rough and ready cowboy.
Robert Duvall portrayed Gus in the mini-series, and he was absolutely perfect in the part. I knew he would be good but I was thrilled as I watched it. He knew what I loved about Gus and he caught it.
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