A member of Glanton’s gang, Shelby is wounded during a skirmish with General Elias’s army and Glanton orders that he be killed. Although assigned by lottery to do the killing, the kid spares Shelby’s life and accommodates his wish to be hidden under a bush; even after Shelby attempts to steal his pistol, the kid gives him water from his own canteen. Shelby is probably captured and worse by Elias’s army.
The timeline below shows where the character Dick Shelby appears in Blood Meridian. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.