“My fine friend; my good friend…”

There’s a scene from “Lonesome Dove” where Gus, played by Robert Duvall, is saying goodbye to the Xavier, the local saloon keeper.  Gus and the boys are about to set off on a cattle drive from South Texas to Montana.  For me it’s kind of a sad scene – Xavier and Gus saying goodbye… Yet at the same time, it’s a very “intimate” scene.

They finish their drinks and stand up.  Xavier takes Gus’ hand and says, “Goodbye my fine friend…”  Gus, in return, replies, “Goodbye to you, my good friend.”

I first saw “Lonesome Dove” when it came out, in 1989.  And I watch it almost every year now, in the winter.  There is such “power” in that scene, that it has resonated with me ever since I first saw it…

So, when I say to you,  “Good Morning, my fine friend,” or “Good by to you, my good friend,” know that it comes from the depths of my being; that I value you, and I treasure you as my friend…

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2 Responses to “My fine friend; my good friend…”

  1. Jamie says:

    I know this is old, but thank you for posting. Lonesome Dove is truly one of the greatest stories ever told, and this scene in particular really resonates with me, too. Such a sad, beautiful scene. Thanks again.

  2. Jeff Bradt says:

    I found that parting powerful as well. I saw an interview where Robert Duval said that the part of Gus was possibly the best role ever written for an actor. I don’t disagree.

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