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The Professor's House by Willa Cather
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Jul 29, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2006

Professor Godfrey St. Peter lives with his saucy wife, Lillian, (who has her own money), an even more saucy daughter, Kathleen, whose husband is a gold-digger and a spend-thrift, and his plain daughter, Rosamond. The professor just wants to teach: "He would willingly have given his students chaff and sawdust--many instructors had nothing else to give them and got on very well--but his misfortune was that he loved youth--he was weak to it, it kindled him. If there was an eager eye, one doubting, critical mind, one lively curiosity in the whole lecture room full of commonplace boys and girls, he was its servant." In other words, he loved to teach. I read this book because I love the way Cather writes. I'm not sure I alwyas understand everything she is saying, but I enjoy trying to figure it out!

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