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An Inspirational Diary Located in the middle of Willa Cathers The Professors House the diary of deceased Tom Outland is edited by his friend and mentor Professor St Peter The author inserts the diary called Tom Outlands Story to balance the beginning and the ending of the book where there is a drastic change in the history professors character that is similar to Toms The editing experience sparks a life-changing revelation that is initiated by the details of his friends previously unobserved emotions during the time that he was excavating an ancient pueblo civilization in New Mexico At the beginning of the book it is demonstrated that St Peter is becoming old and is changing negatively His wife notes this by saying How irritable and unreasonable he is becoming 81 The professor is also being very regretful of his life namely his kids his history books and the new house He even tries to resist his new house by continuing to work at his old house He shows this regret while talking to his wife during an opera by saying its been a mistake our having a family and writing histories and getting middle-aged We should have been picturesquely shipwrecked together when we were young 78 He is noting that his whole life is a mistake that he cannot change he even shows how ardently he wishes to live another life when thinking in bed prior to the conversation with his wife That night after he was in bed among unaccustomed surroundings and a little wakeful St Peter still played with his idea of a picturesque shipwreck and he cast about for the particular occasion he would have chosen for such a finale 79 With such thoughts it is apparent that he is not enjoying his family life He begins to disregard his health as a result When talking to his wife about an old stove in St Peters workroom that omits dangerous gas
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