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Antonia Shimerda Quotes

12 of the best book quotes from Antonia Shimerda
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“I did not want to find her aged and broken; I really dreaded it. In the course of twenty crowded years one parts with many illusions. I did not wish to lose the early ones. Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.”
Willa Cather
author
My Antonia
book
Jim Burden
Antonia Shimerda
characters
fear
memories
reality
ignoring reality
reuniting
concepts
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“It was no wonder that her sons stood tall and straight. She was a rich mine of life, like the founders of early races.”
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“That’s Antonia’s failing, you know; if she likes people, she won’t hear anything against them.”
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“More than any other person we remembered, this girl seemed to mean to us the country, the conditions, the whole adventure of our childhood.”
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″‘Oh, better I like to work out-of-doors than in a house!’ she used to sing joyfully. ‘I not care that your grandmother say it makes me like a man. I like to be like a man.‘”
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“I’d have liked to have you for a sweetheart, or a wife, or my mother or my sister – anything that a woman can be to a man. The idea of you is a part of my mind. You influence my likes and dislikes, all my tastes, hundreds of times when I don’t realize it. You really are a part of me.”
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“If she was proud of me, I was so proud of her that I carried my head high as I emerged from the dark cedars and shut the Cutters` gate softly behind me. Her warm, sweet face, her kind arms, and the true heart in her; she was, oh, she was still my Ántonia!”
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“We’d never have got through it if I hadn’t been so strong.”
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“Whatever else was gone, Antonia had not lost the fire of life.”
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“As I confronted her, the changes grew less apparent to me, her identity stronger. She was there, in the full vigor of her personality, battered but not diminished, looking at me, speaking to me in the husky, breathy voice I remembered so well.”
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“I know so many women who have kept the things she had lost, but whose inner glow has faded.”
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“She 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...”

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