My Antonia

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Ántonia Shimerda Character Analysis

A Bohemian immigrant and Jim's closest friend, Ántonia comes to the prairie when she is 13. She is lively and intelligent, but struggles to remain optimistic while enduring the many hardships of poverty. Still, Jim describes her as having a youthful "vigour" and identifies her with light. Like Jim, Ántonia feels a deep attachment to the prairie, and she works in the fields with the men when her father dies. But when she moves to town to work as a housekeeper, she becomes interested in clothing and dancing, and gains a reputation for being "easy." Although Jim loves her, Ántonia can never view him as more than a younger brother. She becomes a single mother in her early twenties, but later moves back to the farm, marries Anton Cuzak, and raises 11 children.

Ántonia Shimerda Quotes in My Antonia

The My Antonia quotes below are all either spoken by Ántonia Shimerda or refer to Ántonia Shimerda. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Signet Classics edition of My Antonia published in 2014.
Introduction Quotes
During that burning day when we were crossing Iowa, our talk kept returning to a central figure, a Bohemian girl whom we had both known long ago. More than any other person we remembered, this girl seemed to mean to us the country, the conditions, the whole adventure of our childhood.
Related Characters: The Narrator - (speaker), Jim Burden, Ántonia Shimerda
Page Number: 5
Explanation and Analysis:

An unnamed narrator has introduced his old friend James Burden, known as Jim. Both men now live in New York, though they grew up together in Nebraska. The narrator has recalled running into Jim on a train to Iowa, and in this passage states that their conversation was dominated by "a central figure"––Ántonia. It is clear from the moment Ántonia is introduced that she will have a vital, even mystical significance within the novel. The narrator admits that, to him and to Jim, she represented "the country, the conditions, the whole adventure of our childhood." Even before the reader knows Ántonia's name, it is obvious that she is an extraordinary person. Furthermore, the narrator's framing of Ántonia as symbolic of his childhood establishes Ántonia's connection both to nature and the past. 

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Book 1, Chapter 7 Quotes
This was enough for Ántonia. She liked me better from that time on, and she never took a supercilious air with me again. I had killed a big snake – I was now a big fellow.
Related Characters: Jim Burden (speaker), Ántonia Shimerda
Page Number: 41
Explanation and Analysis:

Jim has confessed that although he liked Ántonia, it bothered him that she would speak to him in a superior tone because she was older. He recalls an occasion when he and Ántonia decided to dig into the prairie-dog holes, only to be attacked by a rattlesnake. Jim kills the snake with a spade, impressing Ántonia; in this passage, Jim announces that "she never took a supercilious air with me again." On one level, this story reflects the kind of innocent dynamics of power and courage that dominate childhood friendships. Despite the danger the snake poses, Jim frames the whole episode as an "adventure," one of many pleasant memories from his and Ántonia's shared past. 

On the other hand, the story of the snake also evokes more complicated, somber themes. Part of the reason why Jim objects to Ántonia treating him as an inferior is because, although younger, he is male and she is female. He considers Ántonia's precocious confidence as a violation of the proper dynamic of gender, and is pleased when he is able to assert his own masculine power through the bold act of killing the snake. This act foreshadows Jim's later attempts to romantically win over Ántonia, which remain unsuccessful. Ántonia sees Jim as a younger brother figure, a dynamic that, despite sustained effort, Jim is never able to change. 

Book 1, Chapter 10 Quotes
I never forgot the strange taste; though it was many years before I knew that those little brown shavings, which the Shimerdas had brought so far and treasured so jealously, were dried mushrooms. They had been gathered, probably, in some deep Bohemian forest...
Related Characters: Jim Burden (speaker), Ántonia Shimerda, Mr. Shimerda, Mrs. Shimerda, Yulka Shimerda, Ambrosch Shimerda
Page Number: 59
Explanation and Analysis:

Jim has described the Shimerda's poverty, which was so terrible that during one winter they are forced to share a single overcoat and subsist on prairie-dogs. When Jim and his grandmother bring the Shimerdas food, Mrs. Shimerda gives them some brown shavings in return; the shavings taste strange, and later Jim realizes they must have been dried mushrooms brought from Bohemia. This passage emphasizes the way in which an item as simple as dried mushrooms can take on huge and complex significance within the drama of immigrant and pioneer life.

By offering the mushrooms to Jim and his grandmother, Mrs. Shimerda refuses to accept the role of a charity recipient. This refusal is made more moving by the fact that the mushrooms are clearly significant to the Shimerdas, considering they brought them all the way to America from Bohemia. At the same time, this significance does not necessarily translate to Jim's grandmother, who finds the mushrooms suspicious and thus simply throws them away. This contrast highlights the way in which the past takes on vastly different meanings to different people. Objects and memories that some people "treasure so jealously" are completely meaningless to others. 

Book 1, Chapter 19 Quotes
"Why aren't you always nice like this, Tony?" "How nice?"

"Why, just like this; like yourself. Why do you all the time try to be like Ambrosch?"

She put her arms under her head and lay back, looking up at the sky. "If I live here, like you, that is different. Things will be easy for you. But they will be hard for us."
Related Characters: Jim Burden (speaker), Ántonia Shimerda (speaker), Ambrosch Shimerda
Page Number: 99
Explanation and Analysis:

School is out for summer, and Jim and Ántonia have been spending more time together. One night, while they sit on a roof to watch a lightning storm, Jim asks why Ántonia isn't always "nice like this." Ántonia replies that life is different for her family than for Jim, and this is why she behaves as she does. Ántonia's response shows that she has understood that there is a division between herself and Jim––a division born out of economic disparities, and that will widen as they grow older.

Her prediction that "things... will be hard for us" is correct: while Jim eventually goes to college, then law school, and becomes a successful professional in New York, Ántonia lives a much more difficult life, getting pregnant out of wedlock before getting married and having eleven children. Jim, on the other hand, remains romantically hopeful about his and Ántonia's relationship, idealizing their bond as more simple and innocent than is really the case. This passage raises the question of whether Ántonia's romantic rejection of Jim is entirely because she sees him as a younger brother, or if she perhaps also makes the decision due to her awareness of the class differences between them. 

Book 2, Chapter 14 Quotes
Even while we whispered about it, our vision disappeared; the ball dropped and dropped until the red tip went beneath the earth. The fields below us were dark, the sky was growing pale, and that forgotten plough had sunk back to its own littleness somewhere on the prairie.
Related Characters: Jim Burden (speaker), Ántonia Shimerda
Related Symbols: The Prairie, The Plough, Light
Page Number: 170
Explanation and Analysis:

Jim, Ántonia, Lena, and their friends have all been picking elderflowers, and that evening they watch the sunset cast light dramatically behind a plough that has been left in the field. The sun's light magnifies the impression of the plough, and the friends feel that the sight is especially meaningful. When the sun sets, however, the plough sinks "back to its own littleness." The fleeting nature of the moment highlights the speedy passage of time and the transience of youth. Indeed, Jim's observation that "even while we whispered about it, our vision disappeared" illustrates how quickly and suddenly eras of life can pass. Just at the moment when the friends recognize the meaning of the plough as symbolizing the end of their childhood, the sun sets and the entire scene disappears. 

Book 4, Chapter 1 Quotes
I was bitterly disappointed in her [Ántonia]. I could not forgive her for becoming an object of pity, while Lena Lingard, for whom people had always foretold trouble, was now the leading dressmaker of Lincoln, much respected in Black Hawk.
Related Characters: Jim Burden (speaker), Ántonia Shimerda, Lena Lingard
Page Number: 205
Explanation and Analysis:

The summer after finishing college and before he begins studying at Harvard Law School, Jim returns to Black Hawk. Here, he learns that Ántonia is pregnant, and that her fiancee has deserted her; meanwhile, Lena Lingard is incredibly successful, "the leading dressmaker in Lincoln." The disparity between the two girls' fates highlights how dramatically the lives of people who grew up together can diverge. Indeed, Jim points to the unpredictability of the course of life when he mentions that "people had always foretold trouble" for Lena. This further proves the ignorance of people's judgments and expectations of recent immigrants. 

Jim's feelings about Ántonia's fate, meanwhile, seem overly harsh and unforgiving. He claims to be disappointed not for Ántonia, but "in her." Instead of resenting Ántonia's fiancee for abandoning her or the community for judging her, Jim states that he "could not forgive her for becoming an object of pity." It is possible to interpret this statement as emerging from Jim's longstanding admiration of Ántonia; perhaps because she is older than him, he cannot bear to see her in a weak and vulnerable position. On the other hand, the harshness with which he judges Ántonia is also related to her gender. Although the fact that Ántonia is pregnant out of wedlock is at least as much her fiancee's fault as her own, during the time women's sexuality was heavily controlled and women were harshly judged for promiscuity––as is demonstrated by the way people treat Ántonia.

Book 4, Chapter 3 Quotes
"After the winter begun she [Ántonia] wore a man's long overcoat and boots, and a man's felt hat with a wide brim."
Related Characters: The Widow Steavens (speaker), Ántonia Shimerda
Page Number: 216
Explanation and Analysis:

The Widow Steavens has been telling Jim the details of what happened to Ántonia. Ántonia's fiancee Larry, who had been fired from his job, ran away with her dowry money, leaving Ántonia pregnant, alone, and penniless. As a result, she began working in the fields and dressing like a man. This fact shows both the extent of Ántonia's destitution and the unusual strength of her character. Although Ántonia has been exploited and oppressed because of her gender, she refuses to wallow in her troubles, and instead subverts the strict gender roles placed on her by dressing like a man and earning her own money. Note that this decision reflects Willa Cather's own life––Cather never married, made her own money as an author, and during college wore men's clothes. 

Book 5, Chapter 1 Quotes
She was a battered woman now, not a lovely girl; but she still had that something which fires the imagination, could still stop one's breath for a moment by a look or gesture that somehow revealed the meaning in common things. She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree and look up at the apples, to make you feel the goodness of planting and tending and harvesting at last. All the strong things of her heart came out in her body, that had been so tireless in serving generous emotions.
Related Characters: Jim Burden (speaker), Ántonia Shimerda
Related Symbols: The Prairie
Page Number: 240
Explanation and Analysis:

Jim has avoided going to see Ántonia for 20 years, fearing how it would feel to see her as an old woman. When he finally returns to see her, they at first don't recognize each other. In this passage, Jim describes her as "a battered old woman," but adds that she still possesses the same vigor that emanates from her ability to find "meaning in the common things." Jim's words illustrate the way in which the past can live on within the present––although she has been worn out by a life of hard work and struggle, Ántonia's personality remains the same, and this is reflected in her physicality. 

Jim's description also highlights Ántonia's deep and fundamental connection to the land. The source of Ántonia's warmth and vitality can be found in her association with natural processes like planting and harvesting. Unlike humans, the natural landscape works in a cyclical motion, and thus never gets old in the way that people do. 

In my memory there was a succession of such pictures, fixed there like the old woodcuts of one's first primer: Ántonia kicking her bare legs against the sides of my pony when we came home in triumph with our snake; Ántonia in her black shawl and fur cap, as she stood by her father's grave in the snowstorm; Ántonia coming in with her work-team along the evening sky.
Related Characters: Jim Burden (speaker), Ántonia Shimerda
Related Symbols: The Prairie, The Plough, Light
Page Number: 239
Explanation and Analysis:

Jim has met Ántonia's children, and Ántonia has shown him photographs she keeps of when they were young. That night, Jim sleeps next to Ántonia's children and brings to mind memories of Ántonia, which appear like "old woodcuts" in his mind. In each memory, Ántonia is slightly different, both in terms of the situation she is in and her stage of development. Each image involves a feature of the natural landscape: in the first, the pony and snake, in the second, the snowstorm, and in the third, the evening sky. Taken together, they trace Ántonia's growing maturity as she is faced with increasingly difficult challenges in life. However, they also depict her as strong and resilient in the face of these challenges. 

The final image of Ántonia walking home from work "along the evening sky" is reminiscent of the moment when Jim, Ántonia, and their friends watch the sunset behind the plough. Both memories illuminate the passing of time against the cyclical monotony of agricultural work. While Jim's memories of Ántonia––like her life––are finite, the land these memories are situated within possesses an enduring, eternal power. 

Book 5, Chapter 3 Quotes
For Ántonia and for me, this had been the road of Destiny; had taken us to those early accidents of fortune which predetermined for us all that we can ever be. Now I understood that the same road was to bring us together again. Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.
Related Characters: Jim Burden (speaker), Ántonia Shimerda
Page Number: 251
Explanation and Analysis:

Jim has left Ántonia's farm, promising to return soon. He takes the train to Black Hawk, only to find that most of his old friends are not there, having died or moved away. He watches the sunset and reflects on the fact that, although "fortune" has led him and Ántonia to live vastly different lives, they are inevitably bound together by "the precious, the incommunicable past." These thoughts highlight the way in which the past, present, and future are implicated in one another. Although they could not have known it at the time, Jim and Ántonia's futures were "predetermined" by small moments in their childhood. At the same time, it is their shared history that still connects them to each other many decades later. 

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Ántonia Shimerda Character Timeline in My Antonia

The timeline below shows where the character Ántonia Shimerda appears in My Antonia. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Introduction
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...ran into Jim again last summer on a train in Iowa. Jim kept bringing up Ántonia, an immigrant Bohemian girl whom they knew in Nebraska when they were young. Months later,... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 1
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...only one in the family who knows any English. Jim later recognizes this girl as Ántonia. (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 3
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...among rough red hills. They meet the Shimerdas and their children, Ambrosch, the eldest son, Ántonia, the pretty middle child, and Yulka, the youngest. Jim notices how Ántonia has cheeks that... (full context)
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...talk and Mrs. Shimerda complains about the poorly built home they have purchased, Jim and Ántonia go outside. Ántonia takes Jim to the creek and asks him to teach her the... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 4
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...sunflower-bordered roads, the copper cornfields, and the occasional elm trees. In the evening, he and Ántonia watch the burrowing owls fly to their underground nests. (full context)
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Although Mrs. Shimerda grumbles about it, every afternoon Jim gives Ántonia reading lessons. Ántonia eagerly learns to cook from Jim's grandmother, and, in return, teaches her... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 5
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...they were rough-mannered and spoke an unintelligible language. A few months after the Shimerdas' arrival, Ántonia takes Jim to visit the Russians. Only Peter is home. Jim is surprised to find... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 6
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Weeks pass, and Jim's friendship with Ántonia continues to develop. In what he describes as "the magical light of the late afternoon",... (full context)
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Just then, Jim and Ántonia see Mr. Shimerda walking toward them. He has shot three rabbits, but he seems sad,... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 7
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Jim and Ántonia visit Peter to borrow a spade. On the way home, they decide to dig into... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 8
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That autumn, Ántonia tells Jim that Peter is worried about the growing interest on his mortgage debt to... (full context)
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Mr. Shimerda, Ántonia, and Jim stay at Pavel's bedside. Aware that he is dying, Pavel confesses to Ántonia,... (full context)
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...Hawk. Before he leaves, he eats all the melons he has grown on his farm. Ántonia and Jim vow never to disclose Peter and Pavel's secret. Mr. Shimerda is depressed without... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 9
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...rides to the Shimerdas' house on a sleigh Otto has built for him. He takes Ántonia and Yulka on a ride, but they become very cold because they do not have... (full context)
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...colder on the sleigh ride, he is too proud to show it. When he brings Ántonia and Yulka home he refuses to warm himself by their fire. The next day he... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 10
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Jim does not see Ántonia for weeks. One night, the Burdens learn that the Shimerdas are taking turns wearing their... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 11
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...have a homemade "country Christmas." Jim's grandmother bakes gingerbread and Jim makes picture books for Ántonia and Yulka from magazine clippings and cards he brought to Nebraska from his "old country"... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 13
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There is good weather after Christmas, and Ántonia brings Mrs. Shimerda to visit the Burdens for the first time. But Mrs. Shimerda is... (full context)
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Jim snaps at Ántonia when she complains that Mr. Shimerda is sick. He tells her, "People who don't like... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 17
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That spring, Ántonia turns 15, and Jim notices she is no longer a child. She has grown tan... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 18
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Jim starts school and sees less of Ántonia. One Sunday, Jake takes him to the Shimerdas to retrieve a horse-collar Ambrosch has borrowed.... (full context)
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...a number of weeks. Jim's grandfather then brings about a reconciliation by hiring Ambrosch and Ántonia to do some work and telling Mrs. Shimerda that she does not have to pay... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 19
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When school is out in midsummer, Jim and Ántonia spend more time together. One night Jim and Ántonia climb to the roof to watch... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 1
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...for church functions and for farmers coming into town. But Jim yearns for news of Ántonia. He hears Ambrosch has been hiring her out as a farmhand to other farmers, and... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 2
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After the Harling's cook leaves them, Jim's grandmother convinces Mrs. Harling to hire Ántonia. They do, and intend to pay Ántonia well, including an allowance for her clothing. But... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 3
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Ántonia arrives at the Harlings, excited about her new job. Jim is jealous of her immediate... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 4
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One evening that autumn, a pretty well-dressed girl arrives at the Harlings. Ántonia and Jim are surprised to recognize her as Lena Lingard, a Norwegian girl who used... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 6
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That winter, Jim spends many evenings at the Harlings, playing games and listening to Ántonia's stories. One night, Ántonia tells a story about a tramp who wandered into the farm... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 7
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...the parlor where he is playing. The door between the two rooms is opened, revealing Ántonia, Lena and Tiny dancing to the music. Though at first the girls are shocked to... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 8
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...dancing. They set up a temporary dancing pavilion in town, and a dancing frenzy ensues. Ántonia and the other "hired girls" love the pavilion, which is, as Jim notes, "a place... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 10
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Ántonia's dancing gains her many admirers. Eager to get to the dances every night, she becomes... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 12
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After she leaves the Harlings, Ántonia begins to care about nothing except dancing and fun. She spends all her free time... (full context)
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With Ántonia no longer living next door to him, Jim is restless, and tired of socializing with... (full context)
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...to attend the Fireman's Hall, where the immigrants gather to dance. One night Jim walks Ántonia home from the dance and tries to kiss her. She reprimands him. When he tells... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 13
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...and she scolds Jim for imagining "a kind of glamour" in the country girls like Ántonia. She tells Jim he is too much of a "romantic." (full context)
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...that is very well received. His grandparents and the Harlings congratulate him. Afterward, he sees Ántonia on the street, and she tells him how proud she is of him, words that... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 14
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...his time inside studying, preparing for university. He only takes a break from studying when Ántonia, Lena, and their friends invite him to the river to pick elder flowers. Jim arrives... (full context)
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Ántonia arrives before the other girls, and she and Jim talk about old times. She notices... (full context)
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That evening, as the sun is setting, Jim, Ántonia and the other girls see a black figure on the prairie magnified by the red... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 15
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In August the Cutters go to Omaha for a few days, leaving Ántonia behind to watch the house. Ántonia visits Jim and his grandparents, worried because Mr. Cutter... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 2
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...in Lincoln and is finally able to build her mother a house. Jim asks about Ántonia, and Lena tells him Ántonia is working as a housekeeper at the hotel in Black... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 1
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...his grandparents in Black Hawk. While there, Jim visits with old friends and learns that Ántonia's fiancé Larry, a train conductor, got her pregnant and then abandoned her. The news deeply... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 2
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...grandparents to have their photograph taken a few days later, he notices a picture of Ántonia's baby on the wall. Jim later visits Mrs. Harling and asks her to give him... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 3
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Jim goes to visit the Widow Steavens, who tells Jim Ántonia's story. Ántonia was preparing for her wedding when she got a letter from Larry saying... (full context)
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Ántonia wrote to tell her family that she had arrived safely in Denver. No further word... (full context)
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Ántonia immediately began working in the fields and started wearing a man's baggy coat, boots, and... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 4
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The next day, Jim goes to see Ántonia at the Shimerda's farm. She is thinner and looks "worked down." They sit near Mr.... (full context)
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Jim then tells Ántonia that he thinks of her more often than anyone else, and that she is a... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 1
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Jim avoids going back to see Ántonia for 20 years, afraid to find her "aged and broken." In those years, he hears... (full context)
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...on the way back from his business trip. When he arrives at the Cuzak farm, Ántonia doesn't recognize Jim at first. When she finally realizes it is him, she is thrilled.... (full context)
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Antonia introduces Jim to all of her 11 children. The children take Jim to see their... (full context)
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Ántonia shows Jim the apple orchard. She tells Jim that she and her husband planted all... (full context)
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Ántonia shows Jim old photographs of her wedding day, including photos of Ambrosch and Lena. Then... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 2
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The next morning, Ántonia's husband, Cuzak, comes home from town with his oldest son. Though Cuzak is far from... (full context)
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...first came to Nebraska he terribly missed his old life in Bohemia and Vienna. But Ántonia's love, warmth, and tireless effort helped him build a life and a family in Nebraska,... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 3
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Jim leaves Ántonia's farm the next day, promising to return soon to visit Ántonia, Cuzak, and their children,... (full context)