Mrs McGinley could see very clearly what was going through Sheriff Cole's mind.
"I'm afraid you're on the losing end of the barrel this time, Sheriff."
All Cole could do was nod in agreement...
and keep her listening while he tried a throw of the dice and waited for a miracle.
"Joshua," Sheriff Cole asked plaintively. "If you're not going to stop your wife murdering us, would you at least let me die with the Bible in front of me?"
McGinley, startled, looked furtively at his wife.
Finally she broke the silence.
"Ezekial. Kindly throw the Bible to the Sheriff."