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O Pioneers! Summary
Willa Cather

Everything you need to understand or teach O Pioneers! by Willa Cather.

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O Pioneers! Summary

Plot Summary

Alexandra, a tall, strong girl of twenty and her five-year-old brother Emil live on a farm. They are in the small town of Hanover, Nebraska, one blustery winter day. Alexandra has seen a doctor who says there is no hope for their father. Emil's kitten gets stuck up a tree and a teenage boy named Carl Linstrum gets him down. They amuse themselves by watching a beautiful little Bohemian girl named Marie.

Their father, John Bergson, is indeed dying at age forty-six. He calls together Alexandra and her three brothers (Lou, Oscar and Emil). Although Lou and Oscar are seventeen and nineteen years old, he is entrusting the farm to Alexandra.

Alexandra does well for three years until there is a bad drought. Many families in the area give up and move, including the Linstrums. In contrast, Alexandra decides to buy even more land while it is cheap...

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