Paladin meets a drunken Col Lacey at the Carlton. He is there fearful of going home to his lovely wife after being away for some time seeking his fortune. Will she be as loving and faithful...
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Paladin meets a drunken Col Lacey at the Carlton. He is there fearful of going home to his lovely wife after being away for some time seeking his fortune. Will she be as loving and faithful as he has been? Paladin decides to help him find out, regardless of the consequences.Written by
This episode is loosely based on The Odyssey. See more »
Bartender is at the far end of the bar. When they show a closeup of Paladin at the other end of the bar, the barkeep is right there with him. See more »
A woman of valor, who shall find? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband trusteth her and he has no lack of gain. She doeth him good and not evil all the days of her life.
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A woman of valor, who can find? Her price is far above rubies.
Paladin was a remarkable character. And the fellow who played him, Richard Boone, was a very talented man.
The summary is a line from the episode titled "Penelope". It is recited by Paladin. The quote is from from the Bible, Proverbs 31. Paladin bestows this quote upon a man - a stranger (Lawrence Dobkin) that has met Paladin in the bar of his hotel - who is deeply in love with his beautiful, younger, wife. The man has been away from his wife (Joanna Barnes) and his home (a ranch) for some time. He is planning to return - unannounced - tomorrow. Before he leaves, he gets drunk and tells Paladin that his wife is the best woman a man could hope to find (to which Paladin responds with the quote mentioned above). The husband also assumes that his wife is so exceptional, she will fall prey to any man with designs on her - and he will have to kill them both.
After the man passes out in the bar, the man's servant comes to tell Paladin that the wife is indeed the object of another man - the foreman - back at the ranch.
Paladin journeys there to tell the wife of her husband's impending arrival. She is miserable without him. She loves him, but believes that, since he has spent so much time away from home, searching for his fortune (a fortune she does not want), her husband does not love her. What she does not realize is that her husband loves her so much that he began his search entirely for her.
The manner in which Paladin manages to get the husband to drive the foreman away without killing him, and to resist the temptation to also challenge Paladin to a duel over his wife, is one befitting Paladin's prowess as a master strategist.
In the end the husband is victorious (he has defended his and his wife's honor without the need to kill) but also crushed (he assumes his wife does not love him). To the husband's astonishment - and profound joy - he discovers his wife, whom he cherishes deeply, cherishes him as well.
His quest accomplished, Paladin takes his leave. But not before bestowing upon husband and wife a recitation of the entire quotation that he mentioned earlier...
"A woman of valor, who can find? Her price is far above rubies. So that he shall have no need of spoil. The heart of her husband safely trust in her, And he shall have no fear of loss of gain. She does him good and not evil, All the days of her life."
Richard Boone was a very talented man.
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