By Willa Cather
Loss of life Comes for the Archbishop is a 1927 novel via American writer Willa Cather. It matters the makes an attempt of a Catholic bishop and a clergyman to set up a diocese in New Mexico Territory.
The novel is predicated at the lifetime of Jean-Baptiste Lamy (1814-1888), and in part chronicles the development of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The trap of the Southwest by way of the U.S. within the Mexican–American conflict is the catalyst for the plot.
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Because of the great number of oxen and goats, and because the place had never been cleaned, the task seemed impossible. Father Latour watches the white goats and thinks of the Apocalypse, the blood of the Lamb, the pagan idea of goats. He sits by the hidden water and thinks of early river goddesses in Rome. There is a thousand years of history in Father Joseph's soup. The San Miguel bell comes from Moorish silver. Father Latour listens to the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe; he admires the ancient carved parrot at Isleta; the people of Ácoma have the air of antediluvians.
He is respected for his strength, his dignity, and his intelligence. He accompanies Father Latour to Santa Fé; in traveling he blends with the country, and he does not deface it but appreciates its beauty. Eagle Feather and Medicine Mountain are Eusabio's nephews. MONSIGNOR (CARDINAL) MAZZUCCHI The priest who was secretary to the Pope when Father Vaillant visited him, and told Father Latour the story of Father Joseph's interview with the Pope. Father Latour told the Cardinal the story, Father Junípero.
The evening-star hung above the amber afterglow, so soft, so brilliant that she seemed to bathe in her own silver light. . " The reader should notice the personification of nature. The lip of a cloud is red; the country drinks. Father Ferrand's "diocese lay within the icy arms of the Great Lakes . . " The ceremonial cave has mouth, lips, and throat. " The figures which appeal to sight are so numerous they need not be pointed out. Some which invite the sense of touch are "icy arms . . " On the road to Mora, the rain turns to sleet: "The rattle of icy flakes" strikes them.