Roy makes decisions based on logic rather than emotion much of the time; he doesn’t want Alice to take him in on the ranch, because he knows it would endanger her and his son since he has a posse after him, but when she offers him work training horses, he takes her up on it. He goes by an assumed name around the town to keep the women safe and protect his own reputation, but then he realizes the men will come for him anyway, so he will have to kill them before they can hurt anyone. He spends a lot of his time breaking horses and teaching Alice’s boy how to navigate in the woods, by telling him the facts of the environment (where it’s safe to walk a horse under the trees, and where it’s dangerous, etc). Even though he’s spent time with Alice and her family, when it comes time to leave and chase after his dream of reuniting with his brother in California, Roy leaves them without a backward glance and plainly tells the kid he will never come back. He’s very physical, easily attentive to the hard labor around the ranch, to training horses and encouraging a kid who has been bucked off to get back on, and to being aware of where he is in the woods and what is around him. Roy is the best gunmen anyone has ever seen, and shoots the head off a rattlesnake before it can sink its fangs into a child. He sleeps with Alice before he leaves, assuming he will never return. Roy was part of the notorious outlaw gang for awhile, and he participated in holding up stages and trains and robbing banks, until a low Fe sense of injustice and disgust for Frank Griffin’s immoral behaviors caused him to turn against him.

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Roy blends passivity with logic—when some men mock and spit on them in the woods and the child wants to do something about it, Roy says it’s better to keep your head down and remain calm than do something you might regret—if he had a gun, he’d be tempted to use it, and that would cause trouble. He calmly goes about his business, not minding when a horse bucks him into the dirt. He seems at times untouched by things, but he also doesn’t especially like conflict. He will turn himself in to avoid causing anyone any trouble, he becomes somewhat ‘merged’ into his environment on the ranch (and has a brief sexual encounter with Alice the night before he leaves). But when you make him angry, he can be ‘calmly forceful.’ When Roy finds a bunch of Alice’s horses corralled by some bad men in the town, he shoots a couple of them and warns the others to take good care of them, until he returns, because ‘If you don’t, you know I will find you.’ He understands that sometimes you must stand down when you don’t have the power in a situation, if you want to survive.