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Daemon
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Of all the bewildering things about a new country, the absence of human landmarks is one of the most depressing and disheartening.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)
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It is debatable what's more disheartening: a new or worn-out country...
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Maybe the ruin of an Old Country
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Formation of a new country by people in itself is a landmark
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Bully_rus wrote:
It is debatable what's more disheartening: a new or worn-out country...


Totally agree, I thought greenery and nature was more attractive. With the fresh air and freedom associated with it. Human landmarks come with destruction of all that unrest...Greed (big car and big house), immorality, loss of value and meaning.

But I get were Willa Cather is coming from. The place may have looked like a desert. And to go for miles without seeing anyone must have felt like total isolation.
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Very true living in the society is self fulfilment
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What is new is old the inhabitants. They make the human land mark....
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Despite the most depressing and disheartening in finding a new country bewildering... Ms. Cather! when we get down far enough into the quantum world, there may be no distinction between human and unhuman. There may be only the concept. It might just be consciousness attempting to make sense of blizzard of information. There might not be two intangible worlds. There might be only one --- the ability of matter to organize itself coherently.




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the values of her life , unfortunately have disappeared
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The poor girl is out in left field.
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The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
Willa Cather
Wagner Douglas
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This is an excerpt from Ms. Willa Cather's O Pionners (1913) and I totally agree with her.
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The context of this quote:

Willa Cather: O Pioneers!
PART I. The Wild Land
2. CHAPTER II


On one of the ridges of that wintry waste stood the low log house in which John Bergson was dying. The Bergson homestead was easier to find than many another, because it overlooked Norway Creek, a shallow, muddy stream that sometimes flowed, and sometimes stood still, at the bottom of a winding ravine with steep, shelving sides overgrown with brush and cottonwoods and dwarf ash. This creek gave a sort of identity to the farms that bordered upon it. Of all the bewildering things about a new country, the absence of human landmarks is one of the most depressing and disheartening. The houses on the Divide were small and were usually tucked away in low places; you did not see them until you came directly upon them. Most of them were built of the sod itself, and were only the unescapable ground in another form. The roads were but faint tracks in the grass, and the fields were scarcely noticeable. The record of the plow was insignificant, like the feeble scratches on stone left by prehistoric races, so indeterminate that they may, after all, be only the markings of glaciers, and not a record of human strivings.

ad Willa, she is amazing!! :http://www.literaturepage.com/read/o-pioneers-10.html
Lizanne
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rd387 wrote:
Formation of a new country by people in itself is a landmark


I believe that this is a beautiful way to look at it. The people are the new country and therefore the landmark.

Very fine, rd387...Thank You, Elizabeth in NY~
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