Cities of the Plain Setting & Symbolism

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Mac McGovern's Ranch

John Grady and Billy work on this Texas cattle ranch, along with JC, Oren, Troy, Joaquin, and a few others. The land it is on is about to be taken over by the US Military. It was once a place of rich grasslands where cattle could graze easily, but the land has suffered under a drought for a long time and it is more desert than anything.

The White Lake

This is the most expensive whorehouse around. It is in a town just across the Mexican border from where Mac's ranch is. Eduardo runs it and Magdalena works there as a whore. As Billy says, "It ain't no place for a cowboy."

La Venada

Before Magdalena goes to work at the White Lake she is a whore at this smaller and less expensive brothel. This is where the ranch hands usually go if they are...

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