at Machiasport, Maine
The last paragraph of “The Hiltons’ Holiday” from the wonderful The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett. This edition selected and with a forward by Willa Cather. Doubleday, 1956:
It was evening again, the frogs were piping in the lower meadows, and in the woods, higher up the great hill, a little owl began to hoot. The sea air, salt and heavy, was blowing in over the country at the end of the hot bright day. A lamp was lighted in the house, the happy children were talking together, and supper was waiting. The father and mother lingered for a moment outside and looked down over the shadowy fields; then they went in, without speaking. The great day was over, and they shut the door.
Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.
from the foreword: IN Western Canada there is to be seen to-day that most fascinating of all human phenomena, the making of a nation. Out of breeds diverse in tradition, in ideals, in speech, and in manner of life … one people is being made. The blood strains of great races will mingle in the blood of a race greater than the greatest of them all.