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While the characters of the story are fictional, you can see inspirations of real persons of the Old West in the novel. Little Bill Daggett reminded me of Tom Smith, the sheriff killed at Abilene in 1870. Smith beat up Big Hank and Wyoming Frank to announce his presence, and established an unpopular ‘no guns in town’ edict. The only Englishmen from the Old West who comes to memory is John Tunstall from the Lincoln County War, who hardly seems like a template for English Bob, the Duck of Death. There is no surprise that Strawberry Alice was the leader of the soiled doves because redheads were prized companions in the bed in the Old West. Of course, it does not hurt that Frances Fisher was involved romantically with Clint Eastwood at the time. This movie deserves its accolades, even though deserves has nothing to do with it.

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