Quotation by Willa Cather

The years seemed to stretch before her like the land: spring, summer, autumn, winter, spring; always the same patient fields, the patient little trees, the patient lives; always the same yearning; the same pulling at the chain—until the instinct to live had torn itself and bled and weakened for the last time, until the chain secured a dead woman, who might cautiously be released.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. O Pioneers! Part 4 (1913).

Trapped in her situation as a young Nebraska farm wife with an unsympathetic husband, the novel's tragic heroine, Marie Shabata, longs for a larger life.
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