My Ántonia (Dover Thrift Editions)

By Willa Cather

My Ántonia inspires the Nebraska prairie lifetime of Willa Cather's early life, and commemorates the spirit and braveness of immigrant pioneers in the US. one in all Cather's earliest novels, written in 1918, it's the tale of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives at the Nebraska frontier as a part of a relations of Bohemian emigrants. Her tale is instructed throughout the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, educate her English, and persist with the striking tale of her life.
Working within the fields of waving grass and tall corn that dot the nice Plains, Ántonia forges the sturdy spirit that would hold her during the demanding situations she faces whilst she strikes to town. yet basically while she returns to the prairie does she recuperate her energy and regain a feeling of goal in lifestyles. within the quiet, probing intensity of Willa Cather's artwork, Ántonia's tale turns into a mobbing elegy to these whose endurance and power helped construct the yankee frontier.

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Once we entered, he threw a grain-sack over the crack on the backside of the door. The air within the cave used to be stifling, and it was once very darkish, too. A lighted lantern, hung over the range, threw out a feeble yellow glimmer. Mrs. Shimerda snatched off the covers of 2 barrels at the back of the door, and made us investigate them. in a single there have been a few potatoes that have been frozen and have been rotting, within the different was once a bit pile of flour. Grandmother murmured anything in embarrassment, however the Bohemian lady laughed scornfully, a type of whinny-laugh, and, catching up an empty coffee-pot from the shelf, shook it at us with a glance absolutely vindictive. Grandmother went on speaking in her well mannered Virginia manner, no longer admitting their stark desire or her personal remissness, until eventually Jake arrived with the abate, as though in direct solution to Mrs. Shimerda’s reproaches. Then the negative lady broke down. She dropped at the ground beside her loopy son, concealed her face on her knees, and sat crying bitterly. Grandmother paid no heed to her, yet referred to as Ántonia to return and aid empty the basket. Tony left her nook reluctantly. I had by no means noticeable her beaten like this prior to. “You now not brain my negative mamenka,g Mrs. Burden. She is so sad,” she whispered, as she wiped her rainy arms on her skirt and took the issues grandmother passed her. The loopy boy, seeing the meals, started to make tender, gurgling noises and stroked his belly. Jake got here in back, this time with a sack of potatoes. Grandmother appeared approximately in perplexity. “Haven’t you were given any type of cave or cellar open air, Antonia? this can be no position to maintain greens. How did your potatoes get frozen? ” “We get from Mr. hairy, on the post-office—what he throw out. We bought no potatoes, Mrs. Burden,” Tony admitted mournfully. whilst Jake went out, Marek crawled alongside the ground and filled up the door-crack back. Then, quietly as a shadow, Mr. Shimerda got here out from in the back of the range. He stood brushing his give up his tender gray hair, as though he have been attempting to transparent away a fog approximately his head. He was once fresh and neat as traditional, together with his eco-friendly neckcloth and his coral pin. He took grandmother’s arm and led her at the back of the range, to the again of the room. within the rear wall was once one other little cave; a around gap, no longer a lot larger than an oil barrel, scooped out within the black earth. while I received up on one of many stools and peered into it, I observed a few quilts and a pile of straw. The outdated guy held the lantern. “Yulka,” he stated in a low, despairing voice, “Yulka; my Ántonia! ” Grandmother drew again. “You suggest they sleep in there—your women? ” He bowed his head. Tony slipped less than his arm. “It is especially chilly at the ground, and this is often hot just like the badger gap. i admire for sleep there,” she insisted eagerly. “My mamenka have great mattress, with pillows from our personal ducks in Bohemie. See, Jim? ” She pointed to the slender bunk which Krajiek had equipped opposed to the wall for himself ahead of the Shimerdas got here. Grandmother sighed. “Sure sufficient, the place might you sleep, expensive! I don’t doubt you’re hot there. You’ll have a greater condo after whereas, Antonia, after which you'll disregard those difficult instances.

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