The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from My Antonia by Willa Cather:|
and variety, and was always putting in new steps and slides.
She taught me to dance against and around the hard-and-fast beat
of the music. If, instead of going to the end of the railroad,
old Mr. Shimerda had stayed in New York and picked up a living
with his fiddle, how different Antonia's life might have been!
Antonia often went to the dances with Larry Donovan, a passenger
conductor who was a kind of professional ladies' man, as we said.
I remember how admiringly all the boys looked at her the night
she first wore her velveteen dress, made like Mrs. Gardener's
black velvet. She was lovely to see, with her eyes shining,
and her lips always a little parted when she danced.