Cather’s sentimental and a little bit arguable novel tells the tale of the Bergsons, a relations of Swedish pioneers that settles for all times within the American prairie. whereas Alexandra, the relations matriarch, is ready to flip the family members farm right into a monetary good fortune, her brother Emil needs to grapple with the tragedy of solace and forbidden love. a unique unusually sooner than its time, this proto-feminist paintings touches upon a variety of subject matters, together with love, marriage, temptation, and isolation.
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I informed him to return at any time. ” Lou shrugged his shoulders. “He doesn’t appear to have performed a lot for himself. Wandering round this manner! ” Oscar spoke solemnly, as from the depths of a cavern. “He by no means used to be a lot account. ” Alexandra left them and moved quickly all the way down to the gate the place Annie used to be damn directly to Carl approximately her new dining-room furnishings. “You needs to deliver Mr Linstrum over genuine quickly, in basic terms make sure to phone me first,” she known as again, as Carl helped her into the carriage. outdated Ivar, his white head naked, stood protecting the horses. Lou got here down the trail and climbed into front seat, took up the reins, and drove off with no announcing whatever additional to anyone. Oscar picked up his youngest boy and trudged off down the line, the opposite 3 trotting after him. Carl, retaining the gate open for Alexandra, started to snort. “Up and approaching the Divide, eh, Alexandra? ” he cried gayly. IV CARL HAD replaced, ALEXANDRA felt, less than one may need anticipated. He had no longer develop into a trim, self-satisfied urban guy. there has been nonetheless whatever homely and wayward and positively own approximately him. Even his outfits, his Norfolk coat and his very excessive collars, have been a bit unconventional. He appeared to scale back into himself as he used to do; to carry himself clear of issues, as though he have been fearful of being harm. in brief, he was once extra self-conscious than a guy of thirty-five is predicted to be. He seemed older than his years and never very powerful. His black hair, which nonetheless hung in a triangle over his light brow, used to be skinny on the crown, and there have been effective, relentless traces approximately his eyes. His again, with its excessive, sharp shoulders, appeared like the again of an overworked German professor off on his vacation. His face was once clever, delicate, unsatisfied. That night after supper, Carl and Alexandra have been sitting by way of the clump of castor beans in the midst of the flower backyard. The gravel paths glittered within the moonlight, and under them the fields lay white and nonetheless. “Do you recognize, Alexandra,” he used to be announcing, “I’ve been considering how unusually issues figure out. I’ve been away engraving different men’s images, and you’ve stayed at domestic and made your personal. ” He pointed along with his cigar towards the drowsing panorama. “How on this planet have you ever performed it? How have your associates performed it? ” “We hadn’t any folks a lot to do with it, Carl. The land did it. It had its little funny story. It pretended to be negative simply because no one knew tips to paintings it correct; after which, all of sudden, it labored itself. It awakened out of its sleep and stretched itself, and it used to be so colossal, so wealthy, that we all at once came across we have been wealthy, simply from sitting nonetheless. As for me, you take into accout while i started to shop for land. For years after that i used to be continually squeezing and borrowing till i used to be ashamed to teach my face within the banks. after which, by surprise, males started to come to me supplying to lend me money—and I didn’t desire it! Then I went forward and outfitted this residence. i actually equipped it for Emil. i would like you to determine Emil, Carl. he's so varied from the remainder of us! ” “How assorted? ” “Oh, you’ll see!