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A Lost Lady Summary
Willa Cather

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A Lost Lady Summary

Plot Summary

The novel, "A Lost Lady," by Willa Cather sketches the changing relationship between a young boy in the western town of Sweet Water and a worldly but beautiful lady from California. The boy, Niel Herbert, was a little boy when he first saw Mrs. Forrester and believed her to be something "not of this world." By the time he is 19, Niel's opinion of Mrs. Forrester has changed to chagrin as he watches her flirt with boys that Niel believes are below her social class.

One of the themes that recurs in Cather's novels is the celebration of the pioneer. In this particular novel, Niel realizes that he is seeing the end of the glorious age of the pioneer. The men who claimed land in the west and tamed that land grow old during Niel's youth and early adulthood. He watches as their pioneer dreams are dashed by dwindling...

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