The Professor's House Essay
In 1922, Cather became “ increasingly distressed with the growing mechanization and mass-produced quality of American society” (Norton). This was the time her writing took a new direction and became more concerned with finding …show more content…
St. Peter fights a never-ending battle with his wife, Lillian: her materialism versus his idealism. “They had been young people with good qualities….but they could not have been happy if Lillian had not inherited a small income from her father….it had made all the difference in the world” (233). St. Peter hints that whereas he would have been happy with what they had between them, Lillian would not have been happy without her servants, doing housework and things as the wives of his colleagues did.
Another demonstration of St. Peter’s idealism is his firm belief in fate. He “thought he had fared well with fate. He wouldn’t choose to live his life over-he might not have such good luck again” (234). St. Peter claims that “he had had two romances: one of the heart, which had filled his life for many years, and a second of the mind-of the imagination” (234). Through