Chap 10, part 5
One man who had provoked a particularly scathing call-down from Rick asked later to shake hands. Rick told him:
"I'm glad to shake hands with any MAN. When you've proved to me that you're one, I'll be tickled to death to put it there."
In those four days, he slung some mighty powerful plain and fancy cussing. I'm not much of a cusser, myself. I got out of the habit while my son was growing up. But I think Rick was using his vocabulary in a good cause. It certainly got results. And, I must say, it helped pass the time which was going so slowly I thought once or twice my watch finally had stopped. All the rest had quit long ago.