alexhammond wrote:This is a show about MEN. Old school men, at that. Adam would have needed some rest and good food and plenty of water and....that's about IT. He'd have had very little to 'recover' from psychologically. Adam was, if anything, the hardest minded member of the family. Not only was he the cynic in the bunch, but he was also the smartest, in general. I don't imagine him having any trouble getting past the incident. I think he'd have felt exactly like I imagine I would have felt after such an ordeal....very fortunate to be alive and perhaps more appreciative of his good life.
First of all, I stumbled over your "show about MEN". What is this supposed to mean? Men don't feel, men don't cry, men aren't shattered by special events? Maybe men in those days did not show their feelings that obviously, but they were human beings nevertheless - even if they hid those feelings as "non-manly".
Adam stated at the beginning of the ep that there was nothing in the world that could make him kill another person without any need. But Kane did so - and shattered Adam's beliefs about himself. Adam realized in the end that he was not the man he had always believed he was. There were things/events that could bring him to kill instead of just injuring a man. He WANTED to kill Kane - remember? - and just Kane's laughter made him realize what he was about to do. And being an analyst and deep thinker, Adam certainly would go brooding about it for quite a while. Perhaps he would not talk to anyone at first, but in the end - according to the principles this show was built - he almost certainly would talk to either Ben or Hoss about it.
No one, man or woman, can take a blow to the core of his own self-image and go on as if nothing happened, believe me. Even if they don't show it to others.
Perhaps you have not yet experienced this in your own life, because your statement sounds very young.