Novels and short stories about the West have helped preserve the values observed in the Code of the West. I’d like everyone reading this to recall the most memorable cowboy characters that western writers have created. And I’m asking you to say a few words about the one character you believe best exemplifies the Code of the West.
Here’s a list of some of the tenets of the Code:
- Don't inquire into a person's past. Take the measure of a man for what he is today.
- A cowboy doesn't talk much. He saves his breath for breathing.
- Do not practice ingratitude.
- Complaining is what quitters do, and cowboys hate quitters.
- Always be courageous. Cowards aren't tolerated.
- A cowboy always helps someone in need, even a stranger or an enemy.
- Give your enemy a fighting chance.
- Real cowboys are modest. A braggart is not tolerated.
- A cowboy is loyal to his "brand," to his friends, and those he rides with.
- Honesty is absolute. Your word is your bond, and a handshake is more binding than a contract.
- Live by the Golden Rule.
You will find more at the legendsofamerica website.
All nominations for Fictional Cowboy Hall of Fame will be assembled and posted here at Buddies in the Saddle on National Day of the Cowboy, July 24, 2010.
Please join in
Describe a character from a western novel or short story you believe best exemplifies the Code of the West. Word length is not important, but 50-200 words are about right. Include the name of the character, the author and the title of the novel or short story, along with the reason for your choice.
Post your nomination as a comment below. Deadline: July 20, 2010.
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