The Cape Ann Setting & Symbolism

Faith Sullivan
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The Depot

This is the cramped one-room place where the Erhardts live. Papa lives and works here. Mama negotiates a rent-free arrangement with the railroad in order to save money to build a new home.

The Trains

Lark feels comfortable hearing the sound of the engines coming through the station. The trains are her first "friends" and they symbolize the journey of an American childhood, with all of their stops and starts.

Harvester, Minnesota

The small town where the Erhardts live.

St. Boniface Catholic Church

The Church is the place of Lark's First Confession and First Communion. Lark's relationship with the Church is one that parallels her journey from innocence and proves to be a rather bumpy, confusing ride. Lark tries very hard to understand religious theology.

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The house is the iconic symbol of the American Dream. Through hard work, the purchase of a...

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