The Virginian cover

The Virginian

Owen Wister (1860-1938)

1. 01 – To Theodore Roosevelt; To the Reader; Ch 01 – Enter the Man
2. 02 – Ch 02 – “When You Call Me That, Smile!”
3. 03 – Ch 03 – Steve Treats
4. 04 – Ch 04 – Deep into Cattle Land; Ch 05 – Enter the Woman
5. 05 – Ch 06 – Em’ly
6. 06 – Ch 07 – Through Two Snows; Ch 08 – The Sincere Spinster; Ch 09 – The Spinster Meets the Unknown
7. 07 – Ch 10 – Where Fancy Was Bred
8. 08 – Ch 11 – “You’re Going To Love Me Before We Get Through”
9. 09 – Ch 12 – Quality and Equality; Ch 13 – The Game and the Nation – Act First
10. 10 – Ch 14 – Between the Acts; Ch 15 – The Game and the Nation – Act Second
11. 11 – Ch 16 – The Game and the Nation – Last Act
12. 12 – Ch 17 – Scipio Moralizes; Ch 18 – “Would You Be a Parson?”
13. 13 – Ch 19 – Dr. MacBride Begs Pardon; Ch 20 – The Judge Ignores Particulars
14. 14 – Ch 21 – In a State of Sin
15. 15 – Ch 22 – “What is a Rustler?”
16. 16 – Ch 23 – Various Points; Ch 24 – A Letter With a Moral
17. 17 – Ch 25 – Progress of the Lost Dog
18. 18 – Ch 26 – Balaam and Pedro
19. 19 – Ch 27 – Grandmother Stark (Part 1)
20. 20 – Ch 27 – Grandmother Stark (Part 2)
21. 21 – Ch 28 – No Dream to Wake From; Ch 29 – Word to Bennington
22. 22 – Ch 30 – A Stable on the Flat; Ch 31 – The Cottonwoods
23. 23 – Ch 32 – Superstition Trail
24. 24 – Ch 33 – The Spinster Loses Some Sleep; Ch 34 – “To Fit Her Finger”
25. 25 – Ch 35 – With Malice Aforethought (Part 1)
26. 26 – Ch 35 – With Malice Aforethought (Part 2)
27. 27 – Ch 36 – At Dunbarton

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Summary

Ostensibly a love story, the novel really revolves around a highly mythologized version of the Johnson County War in 1890’s Wyoming … The novel takes the side of the large ranchers, and depicts the lynchings as frontier justice, meted out by the protagonist, who is a member of a natural aristocracy among men.