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Cather’s sentimental and a little bit debatable novel tells the tale of the Bergsons, a family members of Swedish pioneers that settles for all times within the American prairie. whereas Alexandra, the relatives matriarch, is ready to flip the relatives farm right into a monetary good fortune, her brother Emil needs to grapple with the tragedy of solace and forbidden love. a singular strangely sooner than its time, this proto-feminist paintings touches upon quite a lot of subject matters, together with love, marriage, temptation, and isolation.

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MICKIEWICZb half I The Wild Land I ONE JANUARY DAY, THIRTY years in the past, the little city of Hanover, anchored on a windy Nebraska tableland, was once making an attempt to not be blown away. A mist of good snowflakes used to be curling and eddying concerning the cluster of low drab constructions huddled at the grey prairie, below a grey sky. The dwelling-houses have been set approximately haphazard at the tricky prairie sod; a few of them appeared as though that they had been moved in in a single day, and others as though they have been straying off by means of themselves, headed instantly for the open undeniable. None of them had any visual appeal of permanence, and the howling wind blew below them in addition to over them. the most road was once a deeply rutted street, now frozen challenging, which ran from the squat purple railway station and the grain “elevator” on the north finish of town to the lumber backyard and the pony pond on the south finish. On each side of this highway straggled asymmetric rows of wood constructions; the overall item shops, the 2 banks, the drug shop, the feed shop, the saloon, the post-office. The board sidewalks have been grey with trampled snow, yet at o’clock within the afternoon the shopkeepers, having get back from dinner, have been preserving good at the back of their frosty home windows. the youngsters have been all in class, and there has been no one overseas within the streets yet a number of rough-looking countrymen in coarse overcoats, with their lengthy caps pulled right down to their noses. a few of them had introduced their other halves to city, and from time to time a crimson or a plaid scarf flashed out of 1 shop into the preserve of one other. on the hitch-bars alongside the road a number of heavy work-horses, harnessed to farm wagons, shivered less than their blankets. concerning the station every thing was once quiet, for there wouldn't be one other teach in until eventually evening. at the sidewalk in entrance of 1 of the shops sat a bit Swede boy, crying bitterly. He was once approximately 5 years previous. His black textile coat was once a lot too huge for him and made him appear like a bit outdated guy. His shrunken brown flannel costume were washed repeatedly and left a protracted stretch of stocking among the hem of his skirt and the tops of his clumsy, copper-toed sneakers. His cap was once pulled down over his ears; his nostril and his overweight cheeks have been chapped and crimson with chilly. He cried quietly, and the few those that moved quickly by means of didn't observe him. He was once afraid to prevent anybody, afraid to enter the shop and ask for aid, so he sat wringing his lengthy sleeves and looking out up a telegraph pole beside him, whimpering, “My kitten, oh, my kitten! Her will fweeze! ” on the most sensible of the pole crouched a shivering grey kitten, mewing faintly and clinging desperately to the wooden along with her claws. The boy were left on the shop whereas his sister went to the doctor’s workplace, and in her absence a puppy had chased his kitten up the pole. The little creature had by no means been so excessive earlier than, and she or he was once too fearful to maneuver. Her grasp used to be sunk in depression. He used to be a bit nation boy, and this village used to be to him a truly unusual and difficult position, the place humans wore high quality outfits and had demanding hearts.

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