Willa Cather used to be a popular American author most sensible recognized for her novels on frontier lifestyles within the nice Plains. Cather additionally acquired the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for the radical considered one of Ours. as well as one among Ours, Cather wrote different well known books corresponding to O Pioneers!, The tune of the Lark, and My Ántonia. one in all Ours is the tale of Claude Wheeler, a Nebraska local round the flip of the 20 th century. Wheeler is the son of a winning farmer but struggles to discover his objective in existence.
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Higher wait a number of weeks and i will select you. i'll test for the Marines. They take my eye. " Claude, status at the fringe of the tank, nearly fell backward. "Why, what--what for? " Leonard seemed him over. "Good Lord, Claude, you ain't the single fellow round right here that wears pants! What for? good, i will inform you what for," he held up 3 huge crimson palms threateningly; "Belgium, the Lusitania, Edith Cavell. That dirt's obtained less than my epidermis. i'm going to get my corn planted, after which Father'll take care of Susie until eventually I come again. " Claude took a protracted breath. "Well, Leonard, you fooled me. i thought all this chaff you have been giving me approximately no longer being concerned who chewed up who. " "And not more do I care," Leonard protested, "not a rattling! yet there is a restrict. i have been able to move because the Lusitania. i do not get any delight out of my position from now on. Susie feels a similar method. " Claude checked out his monstrous neighbour. "Well, i am off the next day to come, Leonard. do not point out it to my fogeys, but when i will not get into the military, i will enlist within the army. they will continually take an able-bodied guy. i am not coming again the following. " He held out his hand and Leonard took it with a smack. "Good good fortune, Claude. probably we will meet in international elements. would not that be a comic story! provide my like to Enid in the event you write. I continually did imagine she used to be an outstanding lady, although I disagreed along with her on Prohibition. " Claude crossed the fields robotically, with out having a look the place he went. His strength of imaginative and prescient used to be became inward upon scenes and occasions utterly imaginary as but. * * * IX One vibrant June day Mr. Wheeler parked his motor vehicle in a line of automobiles earlier than the recent pressed-brick courtroom condominium in Frankfort. The court docket residence stood in an open sq., surrounded by means of a grove of cotton-woods. The garden was once freshly minimize, and the flower beds have been blooming. whilst Mr. Wheeler entered the court docket upstairs, it used to be already half-full of farmers and townspeople, conversing in low tones whereas the summer season flies buzzed out and in of the open home windows. The pass judgement on, a one-armed guy, with white hair and side-whiskers, sat at his table, writing together with his left hand. He was once an previous settler in Frankfort county, yet from his frockcoat and courtly manners you've proposal he had come from Kentucky the day past rather than thirty years in the past. He used to be to listen to this morning a cost of disloyalty introduced opposed to German farmers. one of many accused was once August Yoeder, the Wheelers' nearest neighbour, and the opposite was once Troilus Oberlies, a wealthy German from the northern a part of the county. Oberlies owned a gorgeous farm and lived in an incredible white apartment set on a hill, with a very good orchard, rows of beehives, barns, granaries, and chook yards. He raised turkeys and tumbler-pigeons, and plenty of ducks and geese swam approximately on his cattleponds. He used to boast that he had six sons, "like our German Emperor. " His neighbours have been happy with his position, and pointed it out to strangers. They advised how Oberlies had come to Frankfort county a bad guy, and had made his fortune via his and intelligence. He had two times crossed the sea to re-visit his homeland, and while he back to his domestic at the prairies he introduced provides for each one; his attorney, his banker, and the retailers with whom he dealt in Frankfort and Vicount.