Essay about Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady - Captain Daniel Forrester
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Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady - Captain Daniel Forrester
In Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady, Captain Daniel Forrester is a gardener at heart. His lifetime is spent encouraging growth, whether of railroads, personal lives or flowers. His philosophy is to dream “because a thing that is dreamed of in the way I mean is already an accomplished fact” (44). Close friends described the Captain as clearly looking like “… pictures of Grover Cleveland. His clumsy dignity covered a deep nature, and a conscience that had never been juggled with” (39). Because of his clear conscience Captain Forrester became a rich soil for many around him to take root in. As this soil, he could always be in the background and many never noticed how important he was…show more content…
Forrester went away for many years after that stake was put into the ground, he was working to expand the railroads west. During a dinner party at his home he explained:
“When things looked most discouraging,” he went on, “I came back here once and bought the place from the railroad company. They took my note. I found my willow stake,-it had grown into a tree,-and I planted three more to mark the corners of my house.” (43)
Without effort a tree had sprung up where Captain Forrester planned to build his permanent home. The Captain would claim that all good coming to him, including the house in Sweet Water, were because he dreamed and planned of these things day by day.
It was after this beautiful life had been fashioned the Captain lost his normal life. These changes began after an accident with a horse, which disabled the Captain from being able to work with railroads again. Directly after the accident is also the first mention of Captain Forrester actively gardening: “He was able to work in his garden, trimmed his snowball bushes and lilac hedges, devoted a great deal of time to growing roses” (23). Gardening was a retreat for the Captain; he had otherwise lost his ability to be the useful strong man he once was. At this time his wife exhibited signs of unhappiness during winter, such