I never like you no more, Jake and Jim Burden,’ Antonia panted. ‘No friends any more!’
Jake stopped and turned his horse for a second. ‘Well, you’re a damned ungrateful lot, the whole pack of you,’ he shouted back. ‘I guess the Burdens can get along without you. You’ve been a sight of trouble to them, anyhow!’
‘They ain’t the same, Jimmy,’ he kept saying in a hurt tone. ‘These foreigners ain’t the same. You can’t trust ’em to be fair. It’s dirty to kick a feller. You heard how the women turned on you– and after all we went through on account of ’em last winter! They ain’t to be trusted. I don’t want to see you get too thick with any of ’em.’
This last part of the chapter made me mad! If I was Jim or Jim’s Grandfather I wouldn’t have helped them with their horse that had colic. I don’t know why this made me mad, maybe because the Shimerdas were ungrateful and the Burdens had done so much for them already. I felt it wasn’t the Shimerdas place to become so petty and envious because they were new to the land and the Burdens had brought them all that food and helped them. Antonia also didn’t want the Burdens to have a better season than her family because she started to become too confident in her land and skills, but she and her family still didn’t have the experience that the Jim’s grandparents had. How did it make you all feel reading the end of chapter 18 and a little bit of chap.19? Would you have been forgiving like Jim’s grandfather, or let them be on their own since that’s how they treated you?
By: Anita Smith