What were you in the war? That big war you failed to win? You were a Sergeant, yeah? Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds… balls and bayonets brigade. Big, tough veteran. Now you got yourself a ship and you’re a Captain. Only I think, you’re still a Sergeant, see? Still a soldier. A man of honor in a den of thieves. Well this is my gorramn den, and I don’t like the way you look down on me. I’m above you, better than! Businessman see? Roots in the community. You’re just a scavenger.
Well, maybe I’m not a fancy gentleman like you, with your… very fine hat. But I do business. We’re here for business.