O Pioneers! Setting & Symbolism

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Magic Lantern

A device used in the late nineteenth century to view pictures.

Ivar's Pond

Crazy Ivar lives alone in a cave near the largest pond on the Divide. He allows birds and animals to roam freely there and keeps hunters away.

Mrs. Bergson's Garden

Alexandra's mother misses the Old Country and spends a lot of time housekeeping and gardening. Many consider her garden a waste of time but she does grow fruits and vegetables.

Hanover, Nebraska

A small town in Nebraska based on Cather's hometown of Red Cloud, Hanover boasts a Main Street and a railroad station that serves the rural community.

Brigham

Brigham is the name of the Bergson's horse that leads their team.

Dragharmonika

This is a musical instrument like a small accordion.

Hastings

Hastings is a town larger and farther away than Hanover. It has a hospital for the mentally ill where Ivar fears...

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