His face doesn’t seem to matter as much as his hands do, and that emphasis seems to suggest both what was lost (he was a great musician) and why he killed himself (he was the wrong kind of person for farm work).
Antonia and Jim of My Antonia In Willa Cather's My Antonia a special bond is formed, shattered, mended, and eventually secured between the main characters, Antonia Shimerda and Jim Burden.
Part XIV On the morning of the 22nd, Jim wakes up to his grandmother wailing. Shimerda has killed himself, and that the Shimerda family is struggling to deal with the loss. Shimerda shot himself in his family barn, and Ambrosch found him.
Ambrosch came to the Burden house for help, and Jake and Otto were the next people on the scene. Shimerda took extra care to wash and prepare himself after dinner, and that he took his gun and told his daughter that he was going out to hunt rabbits.
Otto is sent to town for the priest and the coroner, and Mrs. Burden set out for the Shimerdas’ home, along with Jake and Ambrosch, who stayed the night.
Burden says that she would like to bring food and comfort to the Shimerdas. Shimerda appeared not to be thinking of Ántonia, who was now left without protection from her brother and mother. Jim is left alone in the house, and he does his best to care for the house in their absence. Shimerda’s spirit has come to rest in the house, and he tries to pay his respects to Mr.
Parts XIII – XVI Part XIII In a few weeks the weather warms and there is a thaw.
Ántonia and her mother come to the Burden house to visit. Shimerda admires their home and complains about her lack of resources, getting Mrs. She seems to try this strategy with several other things in the house with no success.
Anton says that he disagrees because of what he has seen. He tells a story about his experience as a boy in a war with the Prussians, walking around a military camp with a priest, administering communion to the soldiers sick and dying of cholera.
He says that neither he nor the priest were affected by the illness, and he believes that the sacrament protected him.