Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
Said by a man with a dangerous and morally dubious past to a boy whom he has just found pretending to be a gunslinger:
"Listen, Bob. A gun is just a tool. No better and no worse than any other tool, a shovel - or an axe or a saddle or a stove or anything. Think of it always that way. A gun is as good - as as bad as the man who carries it. Remember that."
I'm not sure yet if this story is more about the boy learning to become a man than about the near-mythical gunslinger Shane.