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At the age of ten Jim Burden travels by cross-country train to live with his grandparents on the Nebraska frontier He has just recently lost both his parents and he is accompanied by a farmhand named Jake On the same train is a Bohemian family that barely speaks English and that is going to the same place When Jim arrives at the station he is greeted by Otto Fuchs an Austrian desperado cowboy Jims grandparents are kindly people with simple religious beliefs and very generous natures Jim enjoys the wide expanses of the frontier with all its insects prairie dogs and vegetation At this point in the year it is still summer Soon the Burdens go to meet their Bohemian neighbors the Shimerdas who were forced to pay too much for their farm by the only other Bohemian man in the country Peter Krajiek Jim meets Mr Shimerda an educated musician who is very kindly Mrs Shimerda a shrewish woman who is complaining and demanding the oldest son Ambrosch who is a stubborn stingy brute Marek a mentally challenged boy and Yulka a young and pretty girl The oldest daughter ntonia also comes running up to him grabs his hand and they go sprinting into the fields ntonia and Jim instantly become friends and they spend a lot of time together outdoors with Jim teaching her English The Shimerdas are not doing very well in their new country but they do become friends with two Russian men Peter and Pavel The Burdens try to help out as much as they can One day during the end of summer Jim kills a huge snake and impresses ntonia who had been treating him with condescension Soon winter comes Jim gets very sick and Pavel dies after unburdening his heart with a horrible story from his past Mr Shimerda becomes depressed after Peter moves away The Burdens celebrate Christmas at home and make presents for each other since
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