In the 1918 novel My Ántonia by Willa Cather, Peter and Pavel are two Russian immigrants living on a small farm in America. Peter is a physically large and friendly character who is willing to share what he has with his neighbors. Pavel is a determined yet guilty and sickly character who claims on his deathbed to have, during his youth in Russia, thrown his friends from a sleigh to a pack of hungry wolves to protect himself. This act of self-preservation is what drove Peter and Pavel to America. Peter loves America, but after Pavel dies of a work-related injury, Peter ends up selling the farm and leaving to work as a cook on a train. Peter and Pavel are important characters because they provide another view into the hardships of immigrant life and the hard choices many immigrants are forced to make.