The idea in the bold-face print is an interpretation of the quote that follows. The number is the page on which the quote was found.
Character 218 Down at the depot. "There was the depot, of course; I often went down to see the night train come in, and afterward sat awhile with the disconsolate telegrapher who was always hoping to be transferred to Omaha or Denver, ‘where there was some life.’" Cather, My Ántonia
Character 218 Malcontents at the railway station. "For a change, one could talk to the station agent; but he was another malcontent; spent all his spare time writing letters to officials requesting a transfer." Cather, My Ántonia
Character 221 The secret of contentment. "The clouds of dust that blew up the street, the gusts of hot wind that withered his vegetable garden, never disturbed his calm...droll expression seemed to say that he had found the secret of contentment." Cather, My Ántonia
Character 281 "Lena was never so pretty as in the morning; she wakened fresh with the world everyday...." Cather, My Ántonia
Character 352 She retained in her mind images of universal human emotions. "Ántonia had always been one to leave images in the mind that did not fade...she lent herself to immemorial human attitudes which we recognize by instinct as universal and true...a look or gesture that somehow revealed the meaning in common things...all the strong things of her heart came out in her body that had been so tireless in serving generous emotions!" Cather, My Ántonia
Character 354 He had a keen power of enjoyment. "He seemed conscious of possessing a keener power of enjoyment than other people...." Cather, My Ántonia
Character 356 He was a humorous philosopher who took on the burdens of life and kept on going. "He looked like a humorous philosopher who had hitched up one shoulder under the burdens of life, and gone on his way having a good time when he could." Cather, My Ántonia
Character 159 If he dared to face life.... "Yet probably if the Prince were young and dared to face life…." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.
Character 166 You can't accept things as they are; you always want to argue. "Trouble with women like you is, you always want to argue; can’t take things the way they are." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.
Character 171 "What’s the reason you’re so superior…can’t…take folks as they are?" Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.