Rachel: I don't want my boy to get lynched. Or beat. I want him to go to a school. I don't want him to drop his eyes every time a white man walk by. I don't want him to be a "boy" no more once he turn into a man.
Newton Knight: No man ought to tell another man what he's gotta live for or what he's got to die for.
Jasper Collins: You know they shoot deserters, don't you?
Newton Knight: Hell, they shoot everybody around here anyway. It don't seem to make no difference where the bullet comes from.