This passage is an adapted excerpt from Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! This novel, set in the Nebraska prairie, was originally published in 1913.
Carl had changed, Alexandra felt, much less than one might have expected. He had not become a self-satisfied city man. There was still something homely and wayward and personal about him. Even his clothes were unconventional. He seemed to shrink into himself as he used to do, as if he were afraid of being hurt.