By Willa Cather
The attribute issues of Cather’s mature paintings are already found in her debut novella, an evocation of a sad love triangle.
Bartley Alexander, well known engineer of bridges, is a guy with a earlier who “looked as a tamer of rivers should look.” chanced on by way of his mentor “sowing wild oats in London,” he again to the US and the fee that made his identify. Now, married to his spouse of ten years, an opportunity stumble upon with actress Hilda Burgoyne, a nearly forgotten love from his earlier, activates a doomed try and recapture the boundlessness of his youth.
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The old man shouted. " cried the miner, sniffing the air. "There's been crooked work here! " Mr. Damon was close to the airship. He looked in the cabin window. " he called. "And−− bless my eyeglasses! Look at the airship! The planes and wings are all cut and slashed! Something has happened! " Abe hastened to his side. He looked at the damage done, and a fierce look came over his face. " he murmured. "We'll pay 'em back for this! " They needed small attention, however. The opening of the big door had let in a flood of fresh air, and this dispelled the last of the fumes.
So am I," added Tom, but it was for a different reason. They were all up early the next morning, for there were several things to look after before they started on the trip that might bring much of danger to the adventurers. Under Tom's direction, more gas was generated, and forced into the big bag. A last adjustment was made of the planes, wing tips and rudders, and the motor was given a try−out. "I guess everything is all right," announced the young inventor. " The RED CLOUD was wheeled from the big shed, and placed on the open lot, where she would have room to rush across the ground to acquire momentum enough to rise in the air.
I think it did her good to take her apart and put her together again. It sort of freshened her up. This machine is my special pride. " "If my theory is borne out, we will have to be careful not to get caught in the crush of ice, as it makes its way toward the south," spoke Mr. Parker with an air as if he almost wished such a thing to happen, that he might be vindicated. "Oh, we'll take good care that the RED CLOUD isn't nipped between two bergs," Tom declared. But he little knew of the dire fate that was to overtake the RED CLOUD, and how close a call they were to have for their very lives.
Alexander's Bridge (The Art of the Novella) by Willa Cather