It Tolls For Thee (Episode 1.09)

Produced by Charles Marquis Warren
Written and Directed by Samuel Fuller

She gives me books and she makes me read 'em

Episode scene:

Judge Garth is speaking with several newspapermen and Molly Wood, editor/owner of the Medicine Bow Banner, about violence in the West and comments “When one man dies, a part of every man dies.” The Virginian, overhearing his remarks, responds with “It tolls for thee” a quote from John Donne. When the Judge asks where he learned that, the Virginian says he got it from Molly who gives him books and makes him read them. Molly beams with pride at her “student.”

Quotation from the book (Chapter 12):

“I ain't too old for education. Maybe she will lend me books. And I'll watch her ways and learn ...”
Mrs. Wood was considerably relieved when the next letter [from Molly] arrived. It... asked that books might be sent, many books of all sorts, novels, poetry, all the good old books and any good new ones that could be spared.
“We have sent your books,” the mother wrote; “everybody has contributed from their store, - Shakespeare, Tennyson, Browning, Longfellow; and a number of novels by Scott, Thackeray, George Eliot, Hawthorne, and lesser writers; some volumes of Emerson; and Jane Austen complete, because you admire her so particularly.”
This consignment of literature reached Bear Creek about a week before Christmas time.
By New Year’s Day, the Virginian had begun his education.

Additional comments:

  1. In First To Thine Own Self, the Virginian quotes Shakespeare.
  2. In A Small Parade, the Virginian is familiar with Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

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