Where the Lilies Bloom

by Vera Cleaver, Bill Cleaver

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Who visits the Luthers' house at the start of Where the Lilies Bloom?

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A traveler stops at the Luthers' house at the beginning of the novel. He asks for some water and engages in conversation with the narrator, Mary Call Luther, before disappearing into the mists that sometimes cover the valley in the spring.

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Right at the very beginning of Where the Lilies Bloom, the Luthers are paid a visit by a mysterious traveler. Hot, dusty, and clearly tired from his travels, the traveler asks for refreshment, which is duly provided by Devola, who gives him a pail of water.

The traveler has been wandering all around the mountains that stand majestically above the valley of Trial, the valley where the Luther family lives. He claims that he did it for the memory, which strikes Devola as a pretty funny answer.

But not to Mary Call. She understands what the traveler means. He soon gets into a brief conversation with the book's narrator in which he tells her that he ate his lunch up in the mountains and after coming down the slopes saw a lake of blue flowers and "a long, wide scarf of deep maroon ones." He says that this is a fair land, the fairest he's ever seen.

Mary never sees the traveler again after he disappears into the mists that sometimes cover the valley in the spring. But to this day, she's never forgotten what he said—that this land was fair land, the fairest of them all. "This is where the lilies bloom."

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