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The Moccasin Ranch

A Story of Dakota

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Author: Hamlin Garland
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,900 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,653
Added to site: 2006.11.12 15212
Genre: Western

cold. The sky held no shred of cloud. The air was like some all-powerful intoxicant, and when Bailey pointed out a row of little stakes and said, "There's the railroad," their imagination supplied the trains, the wheat, the houses, the towns which were to come.

At the claim Blanche sat on a box and watched the two men as they swiftly built the little cabin which was to be her home. Their hammers rang merrily, and soon she was permitted to go inside and look up at the great sky which roofed it in. This was an emotional moment to her. As she sat there listening to the voices of the men who were drawing this fragile shelter around her, a great awe fell upon her. It seemed as if she had drawn a little nearer to the Almighty Creator of the universe. Here, where no white man had ever set foot, she was watching the founding of her own house. Was it a home? Could it ever be a home?

Swiftly the roof closed over her head, and the floor crept under her feet. The stove came in, and the flour-barrel, and th

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Steve Peters

Interesting novella which spells out the trials and tribulations of land claimers caught within the beauty and the harshness of the Dakota.

Garland's outpouring of the difficult and lonely life of the "squatter" culminates in a a prosaic understanding as to the outcome of unfaithful behaviour by a wife and the treacherous behaviour of a neighbour.



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