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In "Wagner's Matinee" by Willa Cather, Aunt Georgiana and Clark attend a symphony of Wagner's music.  Explain...

“Wagner’s Matinee” by Willa Cather introduces Aunt Georgiana. The story’s point of view is first person with Clark, her nephew, the narrator. Clark receives a letter that his aunt will be coming...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2013 4:59 pm UTC

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How would you describe Aunt Georgiana in the story "A Wagner Matinee"? 

Aunt Georgiana is a woman who has deprived herself of those precious things which have fed her soul; consequently, she appears worn and aged beyond her years. In addition, there is the aloofness of...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2015 1:12 pm UTC

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What is Clark’s initial feeling about being in public with his aunt?

I believe that this question is asking about a brief line that appears about halfway through the story. Clark has decided that he will take his aunt to a Wagner program being put on by the Boston...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 10:25 pm UTC

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In "The Wagner Matinee," why does Aunt Georgiana move to Nebraska in the first place?

In "The Wagner Matinee," Aunt Georgiana moved to Nebraska for the purpose of an elopement. When she was younger she worked as a music teacher in Boston but spent one summer in a small village in...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2017 8:26 am UTC

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In "A Wagner Matinee" by Willia Cather, how do Clark and his aunt respond to the concert?

“A Wagner Matinee” by Willa Cather takes place at the end of the nineteenth century. The point of view of the story is first person with Clark Hamilton as the narrator. Everything is seen from...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2013 5:10 pm UTC

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Explain the meaning of the following quote: “Don't love it so well, Clark, or it may be taken from you. Oh! dear boy,...

This is a comment made by Aunt Georgiana to Clark back in the day, when she'd give him regular piano lessons. Clark is playing some easy pieces from a German opera called Euryanthe by Carl Maria...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 4:43 am UTC

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Characterize Clark as the narrator and protagonist of "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather. 

“A Wagner Matinee” by Willa Cather utilizes the protagonist as the narrator. Clark is a young man who presently lives in Boston. His Uncle Howard has asked him to assist his Aunt Georgiana who has...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2013 7:15 pm UTC

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When Clark was a boy, what subjects did he learn from Aunt Georgiana?

When he was a boy, Aunt Georgina taught Clark the subjects of Latin, Literature (namely Shakespeare and mythology), and Music (specifically how to play the organ that her husband had bought for...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 6:22 pm UTC

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What does Aunt Georgiana's appearance upon her arrival in Boston tell you about her life in Nebraska in "A Wagner...

The once attractive Georgiana has become stooped and misshapen from having lived a harsh life on the prairie as a farmer's wife. When Georgiana arrives in Boston from the small Nebraska village...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2017 10:33 am UTC

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Aunt Georgiana's experience in "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather was both difficult and exhilarating.  Explain. 

Aunt Georgiana raised the narrator of the story “A Wagner Matinee” by Willa Cather. She is coming to town to see about some legal affairs. His uncle wants his nephew to take care of her while...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2013 7:42 pm UTC

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What would one summarize as the general theme of Willa Cather's short story A Wagner Matinee?

Willa Cather’s 1904 short story A Wagner Matinee tells the story of a middle-aged woman, Georgiana, on the cusp of old age, who arrives in the land of her youth, Boston, Massachusetts, for the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2014 3:04 am UTC

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What does the description of the letter the narrator receives at the beginning of the story tell you about the person...

The letter from Uncle Howard that the narrator receives just one day before her Aunt Georgianna is to arrive in Boston comes “worn and rubbed” as if it had been “carried for some days in a coat...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016 11:50 pm UTC

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Explain why the narrator feels he owes a great debt to Aunt Georgiana, and what special treat he has planned for her...

"Don't love it so well, Clark, or it may be taken from you. Oh! dear boy, pray that whatever your sacrifice may be, it be not that." The narrator feels obliged to Aunt Georgiana because she has...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 11:31 pm UTC

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In "A Wagner's Matinee" what is the conflict with Aunt Georgiana?

After Aunt Georgiana revisits Boston, from which she has been so culturally removed, it is difficult for her to adjust to this newer and even more sophisticated city. Perhaps more importantly,...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2015 8:41 am UTC

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In "A Wagner Matinee", would it have been better for Aunt Georgiana if she had not come to Boston? Explain.

Going to Boston allowed Aunt Georgiana to rekindle her love for music, even though it was a painful experience that evoked nostalgia. It was, therefore, a good thing that she actually got to see,...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015 11:32 pm UTC

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In Willa Cather's "A Wagner Matinee," why is Clark annoyed by Uncle Howard's letter?

Willa Cather’s “A Wagner Matinee” tells the story of an educated, intelligent, but impetuous woman (Georgiana) who leaves her nineteenth-century Boston home at the age of thirty to elope in the...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2015 1:48 pm UTC

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In "A Wagner Matinee," Aunt Georgiana travels to Boston for the purpose of what?

At the beginning of the story, the narrator receives a letter from his Uncle Howard. In the letter his uncle says that his Aunt Georgina is coming to Boston "to attend the settling of the estate."...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019 8:02 am UTC

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In "A Wagner Matinee," why did Aunt Georgiana take care of Clark?

This is actually something that the text remains silent about. We are never definitively told the answer to this question. All we know is that Clark, the narrator of this story about the enduring...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2012 2:54 pm UTC

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What do the details about the place where the letter comes from suggest about Uncle Howard?

The letter comes from a small village in Nebraska and is written to Clark, the narrator of the story, by his uncle Howard. When Clark receives the letter from Uncle Howard, he is reminded of the...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 4:23 pm UTC

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What is an example of hyperbole used in "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather?

Clark, the protagonist of "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather, is living in Boston now, but he was raised by his Aunt Georgiana in the farmlands of the Midwest. She was the one who inspired his love...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 12:47 am UTC

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How did Clark react to the letter from his uncle in A Wagner Matinee?

Clark is stunned when he receives a letter from his Uncle Howard, informing him that his aunt Georgiana will be in Boston to settle some estate matters. Initially, he feels a little irritated that...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2015 7:49 pm UTC

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How is the farm described in "A Wagner Matinee"?

The farm in "A Wagner Matinee" is described in a way that sets it up as an extremely sharp contrast to the the city life the narrator now experiences. He spent his early years living on the farm...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2012 3:44 pm UTC

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What does Aunt Georgiana do when the violins start playing the pilgrims chorus?

In Cather's "A Wagner Matinee," the narrator Clark takes his aging aunt Georgiana to a concert in Boston. Georgiana was once a music teacher at the Boston Conservatory but gave up her career to...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 5:43 am UTC

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How does Aunt Georgina show self-assertion and independence in "A Wagner's Matinee"?

In "A Wagner's Matinee", the character of Aunt Georgiana shows self-assertion and independence at different moments of her life, culminating with the last stamp we get of her in the story, where...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2015 12:24 am UTC

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In "A Wagner Matinee" how would you describe Aunt Georgiana's life before she married Howard? I know she enjoys her...

Before she married Howard, Georgiana lived in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was a music teacher. There, too, she was able to attend the symphony and was afforded cultural opportunities. However,...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 9:44 am UTC

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Does Aunt Georgiana find that pleasure is worth the pain of longing in "A Wagner Matinee"? Does Aunt Georgiana find...

This is not a light and trivial question easily answered. On the one hand, Aunt Georgiana will now and always have a beautiful, though torturous, memory to find new music in whenever she turns to...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011 11:29 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the following quote from "A Wagner Matinee"? "Don't love it so well, Clark, or it may be taken...

Clark is casting his mind back to his younger days when he used to have piano lessons with Aunt Georgiana. One day, he's playing some easy passages from Euryanthe, an opera by the German composer...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 8:46 am UTC

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Who is the protagonist in "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather?  

Clark is both the protagonist and the narrator of "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather. The only other significant character in the story is his Aunt Georgiana, the woman who raised Clark as her own...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2013 6:03 am UTC

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How is the author's description of the music crucial to the story's theme in "A Wagner Matinee"?

There is a sense in which the way that passion of the music is described is contrasted directly with the kind of life that Aunt Georgiana has experienced over the last few years since she married...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2011 11:57 pm UTC

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What brings the aunt back to Boston in "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather?

Not only does the aunt return to Boston in order to settle details of a bachelor estate of a relative, but she is drawn back from a buried, aching nostalgia for the music that she has left behind,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2014 2:17 am UTC

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After Clark reads the letter from his aunt, what memories come back to him?

The letter that Clark receives is sent to him by his uncle Howard, who lives with his family in a little village in Nebraska. In the letter, Uncle Howard informs Clark of his wife’s approaching...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018 8:43 pm UTC

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How does Clark’s character changes in the short story

Clark comes to understand what his Aunt has sacrificed by eloping to Nebraska, and begins to reevaluate his feelings about his aunt and his memories of farm life. The story suggests that art (in...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2020 12:46 pm UTC

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How should this sentence be completed? It is reasonable to conclude from information provided in the passage that...

The relationship between Clark and his aunt began with his having lived with her as a boy; under her tutelage, he learned his Latin noun declensions and verb conjugations; to her he first read...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2013 2:19 am UTC

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