My Antonia - Book 2: Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

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Summary

Spring arrives and Jim and the Harling children are elated. In a foretelling quote Jim says, "Yet the summer which was to change everything was coming nearer everyday." We are reminded that the children of this novel are growing up. A dancing pavilion has been set up by three Italians, the Vannis, who teach dancing. The entire town is drawn to this social tent; mothers bring their daughters, boys sell pop and lemonade there, and the girls have somewhere to wear their new dresses. The Saturday night dances are open to everyone; country boys and girls come in to dance; Jim and A'ntonia dance with their friends, and even the railroad men come to dance.

Analysis

After the dreariness of the winter, the awakening of spring and the boys and girls is a cheerful change. There is no doubt in the reader's mind that the...

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