Joyce A. Aros
Hi, Bob...
Sat Nov 12, 16:17


...I think the answer to that is the difference in the two men. I often like to argue that you can read between the lines without altering the record and that is the way I tend to look at this situation.

Behan was an experienced politician, in a sense, and weighed his words more carefully. He knew what his responsibility as a sheriff was and conducted himself with a measure of restraint. He also was more inclined to negotiate as he had learned more was accomplished and there was less bad feeling in the end.

Virgil is more of a thug, He has no sophistication of any kind and he has left a record of being thuggish, short-fused, and likely to shoot off his mouth without thinking. He tends to rile himself up. His brothers seem to demonstrate a little more control but seem to be intimidated by him.

Perhaps I am stretching a little here, but I think it is important to take a look at these men and evaluate their character as well as the written word.

Observe how Behan chose to deal with a volatile situation triggered by Virgil as opposed to Virgil's response to something that had not even developed yet. He either imagined something was coming or he was deliberately trying to stir the pot.

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    • Hi, Bob... — Joyce A. Aros, Sat Nov 12 16:17