Ramona: A Story

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Roberts brothers, 1896 - Indians of North America - 497 pages
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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

4.7 stars. Purportedly written with the goal of bringing attention to the plight of Indians (Native Americans), this turns out to be a fine yarn. Motivated to read this by having seen the silent film ... Read full review

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User Review  - Becca Wollman - Goodreads

This is a sweet book I re-read every so often. My Mom introduced me to it as a young adult. It is a lovely piece about Southern California history, the Indians and the Mexicans that owned the land and ... Read full review

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Page 463 - They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Page 494 - Between the veranda and the river meadows, out on which it looked, all was garden, orange grove, and almond orchard; the orange grove always green, never without snowy bloom or golden fruit ; the garden never without flowers, summer or winter; and the almond orchard, in early spring, a fluttering canopy of pink and white petals, which, seen from the hills on the opposite side of the river, looked as if rosy sunrise clouds had fallen, and become tangled in the tree-tops. On either hand stretched away...
Page 19 - ... court, and a still broader one across the entire front, which looked to the south. These verandas, especially those on the inner court, were supplementary rooms to the house. The greater part of the family life went on in them. Nobody stayed inside the walls, except when it was necessary. All the kitchen work, except the actual cooking, was done here, in front of the kitchen doors and windows. Babies slept, were washed, sat in the dirt, and played, on the veranda. The women said their prayers,...
Page 16 - Moreno's house was one of the best specimens to be found in California of the representative house of the half barbaric, half elegant, wholly generous and free-handed life led there by Mexican men and women of degree in the early part of this century, under the rule of the Spanish and Mexican viceroys, when the laws of the Indies were still the law of the land, and its old name, " New Spain," was an ever-present link and stimulus to the warmest memories and deepest patriotisms of its people.
Page 492 - The house was of adobe, low, with a wide veranda on the three sides of the inner court, and a still broader one across the entire front, which looked to the south. These verandas, especially those on the inner court, were supplementary rooms to the house. The greater part of the family life went on in them. Nobody stayed inside the walls, except when it was necessary. All the kitchen work, except the actual cooking, was done here, in front of the kitchen doors and windows. Babies slept, were washed,...
Page 50 - ... blossom seems floating in the air; at times it looks like golden dust. With a clear blue sky behind it, as it is often seen, it looks like a golden snowstorm. The plant is a tyrant and a nuisance, — the terror of the farmer; it takes riotous possession of a whole field in a season; once in, never out; for one plant this year, a million the next; but it is impossible to wish that the land were freed from it. Its gold is as distinct a value to the eye as the nugget gold is in the pocket.
Page 507 - Ramona,' the Indian novel, which was the last important work of her life, and in which nearly all the incidents are taken from life. In the report of the Mission Indians will be found the story of the Temecula removal and the tragedy of Alessandro's death as they appear in
Page 74 - A few rods away stood the booths in which the shearers' food was to be cooked and the shearers fed. These were mere temporary affairs, roofed only by willow boughs with the leaves left on. Near these, the Indians had already arranged their camp; a hut or two of green boughs had been built, but for the most part they would sleep rolled up in their blankets, on the ground.
Page 18 - Her enjoyment of this never flagged. Whenever she saw, passing the place, wagons or carriages belonging to the hated Americans, it gave her a distinct thrill of pleasure to think that the house turned its back on them. She would like always to be able to do the same herself; but whatever she, by policy or in business, might be forced to do, the old house, at any rate, would always keep the attitude of contempt, — its face turned away. One other pleasure she provided herself with, soon after this...
Page 501 - Some one has said that, if vTie could open the mail-bags, and read the women's letters, they would be more entertaining than any books. This volume is an open mail-bag, forwarded from Germany or Rome or the Tyrol. The faded wonders of Europe turn out to be wholly fresh, when seen through a fresh pair of eyes ; and so the result is very charming. As for the more elaborate sketch of ' A German Landlady,' it cannot be forgotten by any reader of the

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