Main Street

Carol Milford is a tender, liberated girl from Saint Paul, Minnesota, who marries a small-town health practitioner named Will Kennicott. Persuaded to maneuver to Gopher Prairie, her husband’s home-town, Carol is horrified to discover herself residing in an unpleasant, back-water neighborhood. A satiric depiction of Carol’s try to elevate the population of Gopher Prairie to her personal conceited point, “Main road” is one in all Sinclair Lewis’s most important works.

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Mrs. Bogart used to be now not the acid form of stable impression. She was once the gentle, damp, fats, sighing, indigestive, clinging, depression, depressingly hopeful style. There are in each huge chicken-yard a couple of outdated and offended hens who resemble Mrs. Bogart, and after they are served at Sunday midday dinner, as fricasseed poultry with thick dumplings, they retain up the resemblance. Carol had famous that Mrs. Bogart from her aspect window saved an eye fixed upon the home. The Kennicotts and Mrs. Bogart didn't movement within the related sets—which intended exactly the comparable in Gopher Prairie because it did on 5th street or in Mayfair. however the sturdy widow got here calling. She wheezed in, sighed, gave Carol a pulpy hand, sighed, glanced sharply on the revelation of ankles as Carol crossed her legs, sighed, inspected the hot blue chairs, smiled with a coy sighing sound, and gave voice: “I’ve desired to name on you see you later, dearie, you recognize we’re friends, yet i assumed I’d wait until eventually you were given settled, you need to run in and notice me, how a lot did that enormous chair fee? ” “Seventy-seven funds! ” “Sev——Sakes alive! good, i assume it’s okay for them which may have enough money it, notwithstanding I do occasionally think——Of direction as our pastor stated as soon as, at Baptist Church———By the best way, we haven’t visible you there but, and naturally your husband used to be raised up a Baptist, and that i do wish he won’t float clear of the fold, in fact we know there isn’t something, now not cleverness or presents of gold or whatever, which may make up for humility and the inward grace they usually can say what they wish to concerning the P. E. church,am yet in fact there’s no church that has extra historical past or has stayed via the real ideas of Christianity higher than the Baptist Church and———In what church have been you raised, Mrs. Kennicott? ” “W-why, I went to Congregational, as a lady in Mankato, yet my collage was once Universalist. ” “Well——But in fact because the Bible says, is it the Bible, at the least i do know i've got heard it in church and everyone admits it, it’s right for the little bride to take her husband’s vessel of religion, so all of us wish we will see you on the Baptist Church and As i used to be announcing, after all I believe Reverend Zitterel in considering that the nice hassle with this kingdom this present day is loss of religious faith—so few going to church, and other people automobiling on Sunday and heaven is aware what all. yet nonetheless I do imagine that one hassle is that this negative waste of cash, humans feeling that they’ve obtained to have bath-tubs and phones of their houses——I heard you have been promoting the previous furnishings affordable. ” “Yes! ” “Well—of path you recognize your individual brain, yet I can’t support pondering, whilst Will’s ma was once down the following conserving apartment for him—she used to run in to work out me, genuine frequently! —it used to be more than enough furnishings for her. yet there, there, I mustn’t croak, I simply desired to tell you that once you discover you can’t depend upon these kinds of gadding younger parents just like the Haydocks and the Dyers—and heaven in simple terms is aware how much cash Juanita Haydock blows in a year—why then you definately can be completely satisfied to grasp that sluggish previous Aunty Bogart is often correct there, and heaven knows———” A portentous sigh.

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