[Rooster Cogburn said,] "This is the real article. It is double-rectified busthead from Madison County, aged in the keg. A little spoonful would do you a power of good."
[Mattie replied,] "I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains."
From the novel True Grit, by Charles Portis. Mr. Edwards and I have been reading this together aloud after seeing the latest Coen brothers movie adaptation as well as the John Wayne classic. Both movies draw heavily from the novel, which provides a very witty story. The kids love the John Wayne movie and eagerly gather 'round to listen to the read-aloud.