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Rose of Dutcher's Coolly

Hamlin Garland

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Education of a girl like that might be glorious—or tragic! After supper John Dutcher took him into the corner, and, while Rose helped clear away the dishes, the two men talked.

"You see," John explained, "she's been talkin' about going on studyin' for the last six months. I don't know what's got into the girl, but she wants to go to Madison. I suppose her learnin' of that Bluff-Sidin' girl goin' has kind o' spurred her on. I want her to go to the high school at the Sidin', but she wants to go away"—he choked a little on that phrase—"but if you an' teacher here think the girl'd' ought to go, why, I'll send her."

The younger man looked grave—very grave. He foresaw lonely hours for John Dutcher.

"Well—the girl interests me very much, Mr. Dutcher. It's a strong point in her favor that she wants to go. Most girls of her age have little ambition beyond candy and new dresses. I guess it's your duty to send her. What she w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book can be a bit frustrating because, while Garland treats a number of subtle issues well and does do a good job of laying out an individual's conflict between the country and the city, he idealizes the heck out of his main character, Rose. Given that she is, precisely, the main character, thi

For fans of regional writing only! Garland has been justifiably forgotten in American Literary history. He's a poor substitute for Willa Cather; this book shares some similarities to her "Song of Lark." Here the strong, tall and beautiful farm girl decides to go the big city and "make it" as a poet.