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'My Antonia' Quotes

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Study Guide My Antonia is a famous novel by Willa Cather, American writer. The work portrays the struggles of immigrant families, but it's also a coming-of-age story. Here are a few quotes from My Antonia.
  • "that hour always had the exultation of victory, of triumphant ending, like a hero's death."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 1, Ch. 6
  • "You is just like big mans; you wait for him lift his head and then you go for him. Ain't you feel scared a bit? Now we take that snake home and show everybody. Nobody ain't seen in this kawn-tree so big snake like you kill."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 1, Ch. 7
  • "My papa sad for the old country. He not look good. He never make music any more. At home he play violin all the time; for weddings and for dance. Here never. When I beg him for play, he shake his head no. Some days he take his violin out of his box and make with his fingers on the strings, like this, but never he make the music."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 1, Ch. 13
  • "But my mama, she want Ambrosch for to be rich, with many cattle."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 1, Ch. 13
  • "The oldest one was his darling, and was like a right hand to him. He might have thought of her. He's left her alone in a hard world."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 1, Ch. 14
  • "if Mr. Shimerda's soul were lingering about in this world at all, it would be here, in our house, which had been more to his liking than any other in the neighborhood."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 1, Ch. 14
  • "His exhausted spirit, so tired of cold and crowding and the struggle with the ever-falling snow..."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 1, Ch. 14
  • "School is all right for little boys. I can help make this land one good farm."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 1, Ch. 17
  • "Things will be easy for you. But they will be hard for us."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 1, Ch. 19
  • "I'm done with the farm..."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 2, Ch. 4
  • "I get awful homesick for them, all the same..."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 2, Ch. 5
  • "Now, don't you go and be a fool like some of these town boys. You're not going to sit around here and whittle store-boxes and tell stories all your life. You are going away to school and make something of yourself. I'm just awful proud of you."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 2, Ch. 12
  • "Now they are all gone, and I can kiss you as much as I like."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 2, Ch. 12
  • "I ain't never forgot my own country."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 2, Ch. 14
  • "I'm a country girl... and I doubt if I'll be able to manage so well for him in a city. I was counting on keeping chickens, and maybe a cow."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 4, Ch. 3
  • "Her skin, so brown and hardened, had not that look of flabbiness, as if the sap beneath it had been secretly drawn away."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 5, Ch. 1
  • "Antonia lent herself to immemorial human attitudes which we recognize by instinct as universal and true. I had not been mistaken. 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...It was no wonder that her sons stood tall and straight. She was a rich mine of life, like the founders of early races."
    -Willa Cather, My Antonia, Book 5, Ch. 1

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