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- At least they had the luxury of surplus horses, or did if Gus and Jake hadn't contrived to fiddle around and lose them.Chapters 15-16 (76% in)
- The others had been cleared, minor culprits having simply been turned loose in order to lessen the chances that Blue Duck might somehow contrive an escape.Chapters 101-102 (57% in)
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