My Antonia - Book 1: Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Book 1: Chapter 5 Summary

Life is difficult for the Shimerdas, but they never complain. A'ntonia tells Jim about the Russians, Pavel and Peter, whom her father has met and befriended. Pavel is said to be an anarchist and is bulky and knotty looking. Peter is short and fat, seems to be friendly, and goes to the local church. Jim and A'ntonia decide to go and meet with them. They catch Peter while he is doing laundry. Peter explains he is proud of his cow because in Russia only wealthy people are able to have them. Peter offers the children melons, plays the harmonica for them and sends A'ntonia home with milk and cucumbers.

Book 1: Chapter 5 Analysis

This chapter gives Jim another look into the lives of immigrants to understand the type of people they are – friendly, welcoming, and culturally different. Throughout this novel, readers will hear many stories about...

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