vivid scenes from
My ﾃ］tonia by Willa Cather
Jim is traveling to Nebraska to live with his grandparents...
â€œIf there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made. No, there was nothing but land...I had the feeling that the world was left behind, that we had got over the edge of it, and were
outide manâ€™s jurisdiction.â€?
Jim meets a Bohemian girl named Ántonia, and teaches her some English.
“She pointed up to the sky then to my eyes then back to the sky with ovements so quick and impulsize that she distracted me, and i had no idea what she wanted...She pointed to her own ees and shook her head, then to mine and to the sky, nodding violently. ‘Oh,’ I exclaimed,
‘blue; blue sky.’”
Jim and Ántonia explore the great plains and come across a large rattlesnake. Jim manages to kill the snake and gain Ántonia’s respect.
“The snake hung on our corral fence for several days; some of the neighbours came to see it and agreed that it was the biggest rttler ever killed in those parts. This was enough for Ántonia...
I had killed a big snakeI was now a big fellow.”
Ántonia’s family is struck with tragedy
when her father commits suicide. This is the climax of the story...
“Nobody heard the gun go off. Ambrosch was out witht he ox-team, trying to break a road, and the women-folks was shut up tight in their cave. When Ambrosch come in...he got a lantern and went back and found the old man, just as we seen him.”