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Look Homeward AngelOliver Gant was one of five children born of a Dutch mother and English father in America As soon as he was old enough he left his family and set out to see the world Gant finally landed in Baltimore where he worked as an apprentice to a headstoncarver After apprenticing for five years he moved South hoping for good opportunities and set up his own shop He married there but his wife died before they had been married long Gant looking for a better place to work moved to North Carolinahe finally settled in a young bustling town named Altamont He set up his own shop and once again began working as a carver He felt he would be very successful in Altamont due to the growth the town was experiencing He met a woman named Eliza Pentnd Eliza had a knack for investing in prosperous real estate and making good trades Over the span of a year Gant and Eliza fell in love and married They were happy at first but Eliza wanted Gant to change to a more profitable profession Gant trd to work somewhere else but he was a man of independence He enjoyed being his own boss so he went back to carving headstones for a livingGant and Eliza had many children together but three were stillborn Five sons and two daughters survived Eugene was the youngest Helen was the third and Ben was fourth born with twin brother Grover Gant was having one of his drunken fits the d Eugene was born Generally when Gant had a fit he directed his ire at Eliza and he could only be restrained by neighbors or other people The only person who could occasionally restrain him was his daughter Helen Helen was fearless in her attemptto calm her fatherEliza was greatly affected by these fits She always received the brunt of the anger and she became tired of it Eliza
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