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Cather, “The Bohemian Girl”

An unnecessarily longish story about Nils Ericson, a young man in the shipping business, the only one of innumerable sons not to stay and farm, who returns to the family farm for a visit, where he sees Clara, the Bohemian girl, with whom he’d been in love. He’s come back to claim her. She’s a free spirit of sorts. It takes some tiresome convincing, but she eventually leaves her husband and runs off with Nils. The subplot is Eric, Nils’s little brother, whom Nils wants to see leave the farm. He almost does a year later, taking a train to travel and meet up with Nils, but gets cold feet, turns around, and returns to his mama.

McClure’s, August 1912