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Daemon
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The sun was like a great visiting presence that stimulated and took its due from all animal energy. When it flung wide its cloak and stepped down over the edge of the fields at evening, it left behind it a spent and exhausted world.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)
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There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.

Willa Cather
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I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
Willa Cather
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There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
Willa Cather
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That is brilliant poetry, but who/what is then give its due to all animal energy?
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I never agree with any Willa Cather's quotation.
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Beautiful statement to express humility and to contribute to the world selflessly....Applause
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Read the quotation in its context, from: One of Ours.1922.
Book Two: Enid
VII


"The sun was like a great visiting presence that stimulated and took its due from all animal energy. When it flung wide its cloak and stepped down over the edge of the fields at evening, it left behind it a spent and exhausted world. Horses and men and women grew thin, seethed all day in their own sweat. After supper they dropped over and slept anywhere at all, until the red dawn broke clear in the east again, like the fanfare of trumpets, and nerves and muscles began to quiver with the solar heat."

Before this great, poetic quote she also talks about Sun:
"Every morning the sun came up a red ball, quickly drank the dew, and started a quivering excitement in all living things. In great harvest seasons like that one, the heat, the intense light. and the important work in hand draw people together and make them friendly. Neighbours helped each other to cope with the burdensome abundance of man-nourishing grain"

Worthy reading:http://www.bartleby.com/1006/26.html
striker
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sunshine is a great stimuli
TB Turtle
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Thank you Monamagda.

Willa Cather lived in two very different centuries; at the time of her death, her lifestyle was not accepted.

She was a brilliant writer, but some stories were explicit; so I don't read them.
Fredric-frank Myers
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Nice quote.
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Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2015 10:43:21 PM
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Daemon wrote:
The sun was like a great visiting presence that stimulated and took its due from all animal energy. When it flung wide its cloak and stepped down over the edge of the fields at evening, it left behind it a spent and exhausted world.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)



"The sun...took its due from all animal energy...When it ...stepped down, it left behind it a spent and exhausted world."

Spent and exhausted, but one gently basking in the afterglow of that great visiting presence, a world wishing for the encore--sweat, pain and tears all over again.

Dr WWWW
Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2015 11:22:59 PM

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Monamagda nailed the source of the quote. I had not read any Cather but a brief run through One of Ours reveals a very engaging portrait of Claude, from his youth on the Midwest prairies to his death in the trenches of France.

The anthropomorphisms of the particular passage are a bit strange. How does the sun "fling wide its cloak"? Her ability to convey the humanity of her characters is somewhat better than her descriptions of nature.
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Grief is more powerful than gold, and can change people more deeply than gold. Midas is an excellent example.
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