| Quote #1
A long scar ran across one cheek and drew the corner of his mouth up in a sinister curl. The top of his left ear was gone, and his skin was brown as an Indian's. Surely this was the face of a desperado. (1.1.9)
Otto's physique is a testament to the tough life that immigrants live. But Jim finds it impressive that Otto has borne so much difficulty – he thinks it makes Otto seem stronger.
| Quote #2
The Bohemian family, grandmother told me as we drove along, had bought the homestead of a fellow countryman, Peter Krajiek, and had paid him more than it was worth. Their agreement with him was made before they left the old country, through a cousin of his, who was also a relative of Mrs. Shimerda. The Shimerdas were the first Bohemian family to come to this part of the county. Krajiek was their only interpreter, and could tell them anything he chose. They could not speak enough English to ask for advice, or even to make their most pressing wants known. (1.3.3)
The immigrants suffer even at the hands of other immigrants. It's sad that Krajiek would take advantage of his own people, having once been in their position.
| Quote #3
I was convinced that man's strongest antagonist is the cold. (1.9.8)
It's not just the immigrants, but all the pioneers who suffer on account of the natural elements. Jim and his family also have to make their way through a variety of hardships.