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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.
Location: Introduction
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 

Book 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
 

Book 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 2
Speaker: Jim Burden
 

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.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 7
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 

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...
 

Book 1, Chapter 16 Quotes

The road from the north curved a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it. I never came upon the place without emotion, and in all that country it was the spot most dear to me."
Location: Book 1, Chapter 16
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Mr. Shimerda
 

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" (Chapter 19).
Location: Book 1, Chapter 19
Mentioned or related: Ambrosch Shimerda
 

Book 2, Chapter 8 Quotes

Yet the summer which was to change everything was coming nearer every day. When boys and girls are growing up, life can't stand still, not even in the quietest of country towns; and they have to grow up, whether they will or no. That is what their elders are always forgetting.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 8
Speaker: Jim Burden
 

Book 2, Chapter 9 Quotes

If I told my schoolmates that Lena Lingard's grandfather was a clergyman, and much respected in Norway, they looked at me blankly. What did it matter? All foreigners were ignorant people who couldn't speak English.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 9
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Lena Lingard
 

Book 2, Chapter 14 Quotes

On some upland farm, a plough had been left standing in the field. The sun was sinking just behind it. Magnified across the distance by the horizontal light, it stood out against the sun, was exactly contained within the circle of the disk; the handles, the tongue, the share—black against the molten red. There it was, heroic in size, a picture writing on the sun.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
 
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.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 

Book 3, Chapter 1 Quotes

I knew that I should never be a scholar. I could never lose myself for long among impersonal things. Mental excitement was apt to send me with a rush back to my own naked land and the figures scattered upon it.
Location: Book 3, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
 

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.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda, Lena Lingard
 

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."
Location: Book 4, Chapter 3
Speaker: The Widow Steavens
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 

Book 4, Chapter 4 Quotes

As I went back alone over that familiar road, I could almost believe that a boy and girl ran along beside me, as our shadows used to do, laughing and whispering to each other in the grass.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 4
Speaker: Jim Burden
 

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 3
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 

Jim Burden 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.
Location: Introduction
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
 
I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 2
Speaker: Jim Burden
 
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.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 7
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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...
 
The road from the north curved a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it. I never came upon the place without emotion, and in all that country it was the spot most dear to me."
Location: Book 1, Chapter 16
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Mr. Shimerda
 
"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" (Chapter 19).
Location: Book 1, Chapter 19
Mentioned or related: Ambrosch Shimerda
 
Yet the summer which was to change everything was coming nearer every day. When boys and girls are growing up, life can't stand still, not even in the quietest of country towns; and they have to grow up, whether they will or no. That is what their elders are always forgetting.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 8
Speaker: Jim Burden
 
If I told my schoolmates that Lena Lingard's grandfather was a clergyman, and much respected in Norway, they looked at me blankly. What did it matter? All foreigners were ignorant people who couldn't speak English.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 9
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Lena Lingard
 
On some upland farm, a plough had been left standing in the field. The sun was sinking just behind it. Magnified across the distance by the horizontal light, it stood out against the sun, was exactly contained within the circle of the disk; the handles, the tongue, the share—black against the molten red. There it was, heroic in size, a picture writing on the sun.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
 
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.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
I knew that I should never be a scholar. I could never lose myself for long among impersonal things. Mental excitement was apt to send me with a rush back to my own naked land and the figures scattered upon it.
Location: Book 3, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
 
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.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda, Lena Lingard
 
As I went back alone over that familiar road, I could almost believe that a boy and girl ran along beside me, as our shadows used to do, laughing and whispering to each other in the grass.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 4
Speaker: Jim Burden
 
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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 3
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 

Ántonia Shimerda 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.
Location: Introduction
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 7
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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...
 
"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" (Chapter 19).
Location: Book 1, Chapter 19
Mentioned or related: Ambrosch Shimerda
 
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.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda, Lena Lingard
 
"After the winter begun she [Ántonia] wore a man's long overcoat and boots, and a man's felt hat with a wide brim."
Location: Book 4, Chapter 3
Speaker: The Widow Steavens
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 
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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 3
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 

Lena Lingard Quotes

If I told my schoolmates that Lena Lingard's grandfather was a clergyman, and much respected in Norway, they looked at me blankly. What did it matter? All foreigners were ignorant people who couldn't speak English.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 9
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Lena Lingard
 
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.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda, Lena Lingard
 

Mr. Shimerda 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...
 
The road from the north curved a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it. I never came upon the place without emotion, and in all that country it was the spot most dear to me."
Location: Book 1, Chapter 16
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Mr. Shimerda
 

Mrs. Shimerda 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...
 

Yulka Shimerda 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...
 

Ambrosch Shimerda 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...
 
"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" (Chapter 19).
Location: Book 1, Chapter 19
Mentioned or related: Ambrosch Shimerda
 

The Widow Steavens 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."
Location: Book 4, Chapter 3
Speaker: The Widow Steavens
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
 

Quotes for the "The Immigrant Experience" Theme

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.
Location: Introduction
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Prairie, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

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...
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, The Past

The road from the north curved a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it. I never came upon the place without emotion, and in all that country it was the spot most dear to me."
Location: Book 1, Chapter 16
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Mr. Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Prairie, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

"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" (Chapter 19).
Location: Book 1, Chapter 19
Mentioned or related: Ambrosch Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, The Prairie, Innocence and Maturity

If I told my schoolmates that Lena Lingard's grandfather was a clergyman, and much respected in Norway, they looked at me blankly. What did it matter? All foreigners were ignorant people who couldn't speak English.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 9
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Lena Lingard

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.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Prairie, Innocence and Maturity

On some upland farm, a plough had been left standing in the field. The sun was sinking just behind it. Magnified across the distance by the horizontal light, it stood out against the sun, was exactly contained within the circle of the disk; the handles, the tongue, the share—black against the molten red. There it was, heroic in size, a picture writing on the sun.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: The Prairie

"After the winter begun she [Ántonia] wore a man's long overcoat and boots, and a man's felt hat with a wide brim."
Location: Book 4, Chapter 3
Speaker: The Widow Steavens
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: Gender

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Prairie, The Past, Innocence and Maturity, Gender

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, The Prairie, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

Quotes for the "Friendship" Theme

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.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 7
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: Innocence and Maturity, Gender

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...
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Past

"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" (Chapter 19).
Location: Book 1, Chapter 19
Mentioned or related: Ambrosch Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie, Innocence and Maturity

Yet the summer which was to change everything was coming nearer every day. When boys and girls are growing up, life can't stand still, not even in the quietest of country towns; and they have to grow up, whether they will or no. That is what their elders are always forgetting.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 8
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: Innocence and Maturity, Gender

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.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda, Lena Lingard
•Other themes related to this quote: Innocence and Maturity, Gender

As I went back alone over that familiar road, I could almost believe that a boy and girl ran along beside me, as our shadows used to do, laughing and whispering to each other in the grass.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 4
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: The Prairie, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 3
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Prairie, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

Quotes for the "The Prairie" Theme

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.
Location: Introduction
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden

I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 2
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: Innocence and Maturity

The road from the north curved a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it. I never came upon the place without emotion, and in all that country it was the spot most dear to me."
Location: Book 1, Chapter 16
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Mr. Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

"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" (Chapter 19).
Location: Book 1, Chapter 19
Mentioned or related: Ambrosch Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, Friendship, Innocence and Maturity

On some upland farm, a plough had been left standing in the field. The sun was sinking just behind it. Magnified across the distance by the horizontal light, it stood out against the sun, was exactly contained within the circle of the disk; the handles, the tongue, the share—black against the molten red. There it was, heroic in size, a picture writing on the sun.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience

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.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, Innocence and Maturity

I knew that I should never be a scholar. I could never lose myself for long among impersonal things. Mental excitement was apt to send me with a rush back to my own naked land and the figures scattered upon it.
Location: Book 3, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden

As I went back alone over that familiar road, I could almost believe that a boy and girl ran along beside me, as our shadows used to do, laughing and whispering to each other in the grass.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 4
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, Friendship, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Past, Innocence and Maturity, Gender

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 3
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, The Past, Innocence and Maturity

Quotes for the "The Past" Theme

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.
Location: Introduction
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie, Innocence and Maturity

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...
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, Friendship

The road from the north curved a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it. I never came upon the place without emotion, and in all that country it was the spot most dear to me."
Location: Book 1, Chapter 16
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Mr. Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie, Innocence and Maturity

As I went back alone over that familiar road, I could almost believe that a boy and girl ran along beside me, as our shadows used to do, laughing and whispering to each other in the grass.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 4
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, The Prairie, Innocence and Maturity

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie, Innocence and Maturity, Gender

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, Friendship, The Prairie, Innocence and Maturity

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 3
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, The Prairie, Innocence and Maturity

Quotes for the "Innocence and Maturity" Theme

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.
Location: Introduction
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie, The Past

I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 2
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: The Prairie

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.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 7
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, Gender

The road from the north curved a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it. I never came upon the place without emotion, and in all that country it was the spot most dear to me."
Location: Book 1, Chapter 16
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Mr. Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie, The Past

"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" (Chapter 19).
Location: Book 1, Chapter 19
Mentioned or related: Ambrosch Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, Friendship, The Prairie

Yet the summer which was to change everything was coming nearer every day. When boys and girls are growing up, life can't stand still, not even in the quietest of country towns; and they have to grow up, whether they will or no. That is what their elders are always forgetting.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 8
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, Gender

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.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 14
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie

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.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda, Lena Lingard
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, Gender

As I went back alone over that familiar road, I could almost believe that a boy and girl ran along beside me, as our shadows used to do, laughing and whispering to each other in the grass.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 4
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, The Prairie, The Past

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, Friendship, The Prairie, The Past

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie, The Past, Gender

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 3
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, The Prairie, The Past

Quotes for the "Gender" Theme

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.
Location: Book 1, Chapter 7
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, Innocence and Maturity

Yet the summer which was to change everything was coming nearer every day. When boys and girls are growing up, life can't stand still, not even in the quietest of country towns; and they have to grow up, whether they will or no. That is what their elders are always forgetting.
Location: Book 2, Chapter 8
Speaker: Jim Burden
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, Innocence and Maturity

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.
Location: Book 4, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda, Lena Lingard
•Other themes related to this quote: Friendship, Innocence and Maturity

"After the winter begun she [Ántonia] wore a man's long overcoat and boots, and a man's felt hat with a wide brim."
Location: Book 4, Chapter 3
Speaker: The Widow Steavens
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience

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.
Location: Book 5, Chapter 1
Speaker: Jim Burden
Mentioned or related: Ántonia Shimerda
•Other themes related to this quote: The Immigrant Experience, The Prairie, The Past, Innocence and Maturity


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