The mood in the hut is growing increasingly tense, and William feels a great pressure to do something.
He decides to shoot the gun out of the window, hoping the loud explosion will scare the Aborigines into disbanding.
They believe that the Aborigines are massing in preparation for an attack.
When the ritual chanting and rattling of spears begins, a very real fear takes hold of the Thornhills and their servants.
Smasher leeringly tells William that he and Saggity have been having their way with her and offers the woman to William, who turns away in horror.
William leaves in disgust and trepidation without buying the dogs.
An essentially non-violent man, William does not want to take the gun, as he has no desire to kill another human being.
Saggity even proposes poisoning them en masse with 'the green powder.' Smasher pulls out a pair of human ears, claiming he sold the head to someone in Sydney after he boiled it clean.
William buys more guns and teaches Ned, Dan, and Willie to shoot.
He decides to buy some of Smasher Sullivan's vicious dogs for protection.
William feels the powerful energy emanating from the men.
He watches Whisker Harry take centre stage, dancing and singing, and realizes that he is not just an old man but the leader of his tribe, a man as powerful in his own society as the Governor of New South Wales.