A Reader's Companion to the Fiction of Willa Cather

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A--. The French town in which soldiers Claude Wheeler and David Gerhardt visit the Fleurys ( One of Ours). No prototype has been identified; the history of the 355th Infantry of the 89th Division (see COMPANY B) does not mention any town or area beginning with "A" that could be alluded to here. N:ONO V, 13-14

ABBERBOCK, CARL. The young man who is engaged to marry Elsa Rudder, the granddaughter of Doctor Engelhardt's housekeeper in "Double Birthday." S: Do4, 6

ABBEY. On a long, contemplative walk in London, Bartley Alexander passes the Abbey ( Alexander's Bridge). The Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster is popularly called Westminster Abbey. Renowned as the place where British monarchs are crowned and famous for its Poets' Corner, a memorial to Britain's greatest writers, the Abbey was begun in 1245 under the direction of Henry of Reims. While the church is essentially French Gothic in its structure, the octagonal Chapter House built in the middle of the thirteenth century and the chapel built by Henry VII in 1503 are beautiful examples of distinctly English architecture. N: AB3

ABIGAIL. In Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Caroline Bywaters's father suggests that she buy one of Abigail's daughters from Mr. Longfield to assist with household duties. Young Rachel Colbert overhears the conversation, and is powerfully influenced by Caroline's refusal to own another person. That refusal articulates for Rachel the immorality of slavery. N: SaS IV, 2

ABIQUIU. As Willa Cather states in Death Comes for the Archbishop, Abiquiu, New Mexico, is the native town of, Padre Martinez and the home of the Penitentes (q.v.). Abiquiu is in Rio Arriba County, forty miles northwest of Santa Fe. The town was founded about 1750 as a settlement of Genizaros, the captives ransomed by the Spanish from the Apache and Comanche Indians, and in 1778 Abiquiu became a stop on the Spanish Trail to Los Angeles. The Penitentes there are still active during Holy Week. N: DC V, 1-2

ABLE, DELL. One of Claude Wheeler's comrades-in-arms in Company B in One of Ours. He is killed by a sniper in Beaufort, France. N: OnO V, 6-8, 10-11, 16-17,19

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