One of Ours by Willa Cather

By Willa Cather

At the floor, Claude Wheeler seems to have a charmed lifestyles. The cherished baby of a winning farmer and his spouse, Claude attends an specific university and marries a youth buddy, yet however struggles to discover his goal for dwelling. it's only after he departs for the battlefields of Europe, that Claude is ready to locate what had eluded him for thus long.

Willa Cather's one in every of Ours gained the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


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Fearfully, the girl slipped out of the door. In the bar it smelled of cold cigar smoke, of stale beer too. Studer went through the ceremony of lighting a Brissago, took a notebook out of his pocket and licked the end of his pencil. Farny, James Jakob, he wrote, born 13 March 1878, place of origin Gampligen. He had only seen these details once, briefly, but he remembered them as if the page from the passport that contained them was photographed on his mind. He continued to write in his tiny script: Any relations?

The sergeant turned off the light and went out into the corridor. The young man followed him. In the corridor on the floor below they ran into the innkeeper. Studer said, “I’ve brought another guest for you, Brönnimann. Have another bed put in my room, in Farny’s room. Have you got that? ” “In the dead man’s room? In the dead man’s room. ” “I certainly do. He’s not afraid. Are you, Ludwig? ” Brönnimann coughed, then wiped his reddened eyes with a handkerchief and stared at the young man. ” Ludwig Farny went bright red and clenched his fists.

The maid disappeared and returned with an invitation to the sergeant to step in. The warder bade Studer such a polite farewell, he wondered what the man had to hide. But he did not have long to pursue this reflection, for when he entered the warden’s study he found a surprise waiting for him. A man got up from the depths of a leather armchair, a man Studer had certainly not expected to find here: his billiards partner, Münch, the lawyer. As always, he was wearing a high wing collar and was twisting and craning his neck.

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