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The Project Gutenberg EBook of My Ántonia by Willa Sibert Cather This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at http://www.gutenberg.org/license Title: My Ántonia Author: Willa Sibert Cather Release Date: November 14, 2006 [Ebook 19810] Language: English ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MY ÁNTONIA*** My Ántonia By Willa Sibert Cather with illustrations by W. T. Benda Boston and New York Houghton Mifflin Companys The Riverside Press Cambridge 1918 Optima dies … prima fugit Virgil To Carrie and Irene Miner In memory of affections old and true Contents Introduction . . . . . . . Book I— The Shimerdas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II .. . . . III .. . . IV .. . . V .. . . . VI .. . . VII .. . . VIII .. . IX .. . . X .. . . . XI .. . . XII .. . . XIII .. . XIV .. . XV .. . . XVI .. . XVII .. . XVIII .. XIX .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Book II—The Hired Girls . . . . . . . . . I .. . . . II .. . . . III .. . . IV .. . . V .. . . . VI .. . . VII .. . . VIII .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of My Ántonia by Willa Sibert Cather
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at http://www.guten-berg.org/license
Title: My Ántonia
Author: Willa Sibert Cather
Release Date: November 14, 2006 [Ebook 19810]
Language: English
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MY ÁNTONIA***
My Ántonia
By Willa Sibert Cather
with illustrations by W. T. Benda
Boston and New York Houghton Mifflin Companys The Riverside Press Cambridge
1918
Optima dies … prima fugit Virgil
To Carrie and Irene Miner In memory of affections old and true
Contents
Introduction .
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. . . . Book I— The Shimerdas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Illustration: Immigrant family huddled together on the train platform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Illustration: Mr. Shimerda walking on the upland prairie with a gun over his shoulder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Illustration: Mrs. Shimerda gathering mushrooms in a Bohemian forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Illustration: Jake bringing home a Christmas tree . . . . . 69 Illustration: Ántonia ploughing in the field . . . . . . . . . 98 Illustration: Jim and Ántonia in the garden . . . . . . . . . 110 Illustration: Lena Lingard knitting stockings . . . . . . . . 134 Illustration: Ántonia driving her cattle home . . . . . . . . 239
Introduction
LASTsummer I happened to be crossing the plains of Iowa in a season of intense heat, and it was my good fortune to have for a traveling companion James Quayle Burden—Jim Burden, as we still call him in the West. He and I are old friends—we grew up together in the same Nebraska town—and we had much to say to each other. While the train flashed through never-ending miles of ripe wheat, by country towns and bright-flowered pastures and oak groves wilting in the sun, we sat in the observation car, where the woodwork was hot to the touch and red dust lay deep over everything. The dust and heat, the burning wind, reminded us of many things. We were talking about what it is like to spend one’s childhood in little towns like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled in vegetation, in the color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests; blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet-iron. We agreed that no one who had not grown up in a little prairie town could know anything about it. It was a kind of freemasonry, we said. Although Jim Burden and I both live in New York, and are old friends, I do not see much of him there. He is legal counsel for one of the great Western railways, and is sometimes away from his New York office for weeks together. That is one reason why we do not often meet. Another is that I do not like his wife. When Jim was still an obscure young lawyer, struggling to make his way in New York, his career was suddenly advanced by
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