| Quote #10
I did not want to find her aged and broken; I really dreaded it. In the course of twenty crowded years one parts with many illusions. I did not wish to lose the early ones. Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again. (5.1.1)
The fact that it takes Jim twenty years to return to visit Ántonia again is another example of his passivity. He allows himself to be paralyzed by (ultimately ill-founded) fears.