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The Country Values The conflict of the story The White Heron arises when the little girl Silvia must conscientiously chose between revealing the location of the herons nest or seek to allure her new friend In the first part of her story Jewitt establishes a bound between Silvia and the hunter It is interesting how at first Silvia perceives the hunter as an enemy Her weariness is briefly justified by alluding to bad past experiences with city boys since Silvia had spent the first eight years of her life in a crowded manufacturing town Also the paragraphs surrounding their encoounter have a tone that suggests that Silviais in danger The fear in Silvia reflects the common attitude of the people from urban society of thosse days whhich considered men outrigghht violent This prejudice attitude was not held by Silvias Grandmother whom we can associate with the simpler common disposition of country folks When her Grandmother Mrs Tilley opens her home with slumbering hospitality the reader is surprised The paragraphs leading to this resolutionb had suggested that something bad was about to happen For example one such paragraph reads The enemy had discovered her and called out in a very cheerful and persuasive tone Halloa little girl how far is it to the road and trembling Silvia answered almost inaudibly A good ways The choice of words by Jewitt clearly deceived the reader into thinking like Silvia distrustful like urban folks of that time By resolving the story passage with the opposite of what the reader expected the contrast between urban and country set of values is shown Likewise the hunter another typical citizen of urban society had its own views of country people A paragraph which shows this reads It was a surprise to find so clean and comfortable a little dwelling in this New England wilderness The young man had known the horrors of its most primitive housekeeping and
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