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My Ántonia

My Ántonia

by Willa Cather

Visions of America Quotes

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"Jimmy, I sat right down on that bank beside her and made lament. I cried like a young thing. I couldn't help it. I was just about heart-broke. It was one of them lovely warm May days, and the wind was blowing and the colts jumping around in the pastures; but I felt bowed with despair." My Ántonia, that had so much good in her, had come home disgraced…" (4.3.20)

The characters in Cather's novel suffer through their share of hardships. Unfair and unwarranted suffering is par for the course in this difficult environment. But perseverance seeming to be a common trait here in this American landscape.

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