I felt a good deal as if we had come to the end of everything-it was a kind of erasure of personality. I would not know how much a child's life is bound up in the woods and hills and meadows around it, if I had not been jerked away from all these and thrown out into a country as bare as a piece of sheet iron.” (Bohkle 9-10)
Although the prairie seemed like a fit place for the family, Charles was not applicable for the life of a farmer and they moved to Red Cloud, Nebraska so their children could acquire a better education. In Red Cloud the Cather’s had Jewish neighbors speaking French and German and other neighbors who were Willa’s closest friends. These two neighbors would eventually make their way into Cather’s short stories “Old Mrs. Harris” and My Antonia. In Red Clo...
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