The Only Part About My Antonia That I Liked
'Why, I'm not going to marry anybody. Didn't you know that?'
'Nonsense, Lena. That's what girls say, but you know better. Every handsome girl like you marries, of course.'
She shook her head. ‘Not me.’
'But why not? What makes you say that?' I persisted.
'Well, it's mainly because I don't want a husband. Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones. They begin to tell you what's sensible and what's foolish, and want you to stick at home all the time. I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.'
'But you'll be lonesome. You'll get tired of this sort of life, and you'll want a family.'
'Not me. I like to be lonesome. When I went to work for Mrs. Thomas I was nineteen years old, and I had never slept a night in my life when there weren't three in the bed. I never had a minute to myself except when I was off with the cattle.'
I think I automatically have a bias to hate any book I have to read for school, but I actually kind of like this part of the book My Antonia by Willa Cather. Too bad I have to write an essay on how pastoral is used, not how women’s rights/choices are depicted. I could write a 5-page paper on that no problem, but the English department always chooses the most boring topic…