What was the relationship between the Shimerda family and the Burden household in "My Antonia"?

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There is a friendly, companionable atmosphere between the two families, Shimerda and Burden.  When the Shimerda's arrive, Mr. and Mrs. Burden immediately go to them offering friendly hospitality.  The Burden's are met warmly, and Mrs. Shimerda asks Mrs. Burden to teach Antonia English.  Jim and actually begins to do so, and in exchange, Antonia helps his grandmother in the kitchen.  There...

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