By Willa Cather
The attribute subject matters of Cather’s mature paintings are already found in her debut novella, an evocation of a sad love triangle.
Bartley Alexander, popular engineer of bridges, is a guy with a prior who “looked as a tamer of rivers should look.” came upon through his mentor “sowing wild oats in London,” he again to the United States and the fee that made his identify. Now, married to his spouse of ten years, an opportunity come across with actress Hilda Burgoyne, a virtually forgotten love from his earlier, activates a doomed try and recapture the boundlessness of his youth.
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Sorria, ouvindo Dionísio contar-lhe, orgulhoso como um sábio nos princípios da sua ciência, o que fizera na aula, o que o professor perguntara e as respostas que lhe dera. , o professor. E a alegria do pequeno foi imensa quando pôde, enfim, com verdadeiro conhecimento de causa, explicar à irmã, boquiaberta, por que ardera o palheiro. E assim, educando os filhos e administrando a propriedade, Maria Leonor viu passarem, iguais uns aos outros, os meses de Verão e, do mesmo modo, começar o Outono. Estava só em casa, além dos filhos e de Benedita.
Benedita, mortalmente aborrecida, nem ânimo tinha para as mandar calar. Pensava de novo em Viegas, que a convencera a dar aquele passo. Fora um sacrifício para si, mas falara! E a pobrezinha lá estava em cima, sabe Deus como! A este pensamento, não pôde impedir-se de se levantar e de subir a escada a correr para ver a ama. Riscou um fósforo e acendeu a vela metida na palmatória; olhou para dentro do quarto. Maria Leonor dormia ainda. Aquela noite foi a primeira, depois de muitas noites pavorosas, em que Maria Leonor dormiu sossegadamente, num sono só, sem pesadelos, sem aquelas horríveis cruzes que lhe caíam inexoráveis sobre a cabeça, como destinos que se cumprissem.
Baixou a voz, quase segredando: - E sabe, minha senhora? Desde que isso sucedeu, tenho pensado muitas vezes no caso e ainda não vejo mais do que via antes. Já me lembrei até de falar ao senhor prior, mas tenho-me acanhado e não me atrevi... Curiosa, Maria Leonor indagou: - Atreveste a quê? - A perguntar-lhe. Ora oiça, minha senhora. Agora que já está curada da sua doença e daquela prostração que a trazia consumada, posso falar-lhe destas coisas. A senhora acertou. Foi o doutor Viegas quem lembrou dizer à senhora o que sabe.
Alexander's Bridge (The Art of the Novella) by Willa Cather