Cather’s sentimental and a little bit arguable novel tells the tale of the Bergsons, a kin 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 luck, her brother Emil needs to grapple with the tragedy of solace and forbidden love. a singular strangely prior to its time, this proto-feminist paintings touches upon a variety of subject matters, together with love, marriage, temptation, and isolation.
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Alexandra stayed in the home. On Sunday afternoon Mrs. Bergson continually took a snooze, and Alexandra learn. through the week she learn purely the newspaper, yet on Sunday, and within the lengthy evenings of iciness, she learn lots; learn a couple of issues over an outstanding time and again. She knew lengthy parts of the “Frithjof Saga” via center, and, like such a lot Swedes who learn in any respect, she used to be keen on Longfellow’s verse,—the ballads and the “Golden Legend” and “The Spanish scholar. ” at the present time she sat within the wood rocking chair with the Swedish Bible open on her knees, yet she used to be no longer examining. She was once taking a look thoughtfully away on the aspect the place the upland street disappeared over the rim of the prairie. Her physique was once in an perspective of ideal repose, comparable to it used to be apt to take while she was once pondering earnestly. Her brain used to be gradual, honest, steadfast. She had no longer the least spark of cleverness. All afternoon the sitting-room was once jam-packed with quiet and sun. Emil used to be making rabbit traps within the kitchen shed. The hens have been clucking and scratching brown holes within the flower beds, and the wind was once teasing the prince’s feather by way of the door. That night Carl got here in with the men to supper. “Emil,” acknowledged Alexandra, after they have been all seated on the desk, “how do you want to move touring? simply because i will make a journey, and you'll elect me so that it will. ” the men regarded up in amazement; they have been consistently scared of Alexandra’s schemes. Carl used to be . “I’ve been pondering, boys,” she went on, “that probably i'm too set opposed to creating a switch. I’m going to take Brigham and the buckboard to-morrow and force right down to the river state and spend a number of days taking a look over what they’ve acquired down there. If i locate whatever sturdy, you boys can move down and make a exchange. ” “Nobody down there'll alternate for whatever up here,” stated Oscar gloomily. “That’s simply what i need to determine. possibly they're simply as discontented down there as we're up the following. issues clear of domestic frequently glance greater than they're. you recognize what your Hans Andersen e-book says, Carl, concerning the Swedes liking to shop for Danish bread and the Danes liking to shop for Swedish bread, simply because humans regularly imagine the bread of one other kingdom is best than their very own. besides, I’ve heard a lot concerning the river farms, I won’t be chuffed until eventually I’ve obvious for myself. ” Lou fidgeted. “Look out! Don’t conform to whatever. Don’t allow them to idiot you. ” Lou used to be apt to be fooled himself. He had no longer but discovered to maintain clear of the shell-game wagons that the circus. After supper Lou wear a necktie and went around the fields to court docket Annie Lee, and Carl and Oscar sat all the way down to a video game of checkers, whereas Alexandra learn “The Swiss relations Robinson” aloud to her mom and Emil. It used to be no longer lengthy ahead of the 2 boys on the desk overlooked their online game to hear. They have been all immense young children jointly, they usually came across the adventures of the relatives within the tree condominium so soaking up that they gave them their undivided recognition. V ALEXANDRA AND EMIL SPENT 5 days down one of the river farms, riding up and down the valley.