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The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

by Stephen Crane

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Short story by Stephen Crane, published in The Open Boat and Other Stories in London and a smaller collection, The Open Boat and Other Tales of Adventure, in New York in 1898. Set at the end of the 19th century in a town called Yellow Sky, the story concerns the marshal, Jack Potter, and his unnamed bride and the effect their marriage has on the town. The drunken, belligerent Scratchy Wilson, a cowboy who represents the Old West, tries to effect a showdown with Jack, his nemesis. When Jack refuses to fight, responding to the cowpoke's taunts with "I'm married," Scratchy leaves without fighting, bewildered that the old rules have changed.



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