The Virginian Author:Owen Wister The Virginian contains much practical philosophy, the presentation of which ranges from simple homilies to portions which reach an epigrammatic quality. Although Wister never pontificates, he has sprinkled the story richly with delightful cogitations.... — The modern psychiatrist could learn much (and has) from the conversation between Scipio an... more »d the Virginian in the chapter, "Various Points." The two men are discussing Shorty, a cowboy who becomes on of Trampas' rustlers. At the time of their discussion, it seems still possible to "save" Shorty and keep him from joining Trampas. Scipio says, "When a man ain't got no ideas of his own, he'd ought to be kind of careful who he borrows 'em from."
The Virginian is vitally concerned with many human emotions and because of this is able to give each succeeding generation a refreshing as well as satisfying experience in reading of the book.« less