The novel is dated back to a Iowa summer. The storyteller is rethinking back of a trip he encountered with a friend named Jim Burden in which he grew up with in a quaint Nebraska town. He goes on to the fact of speaking about his childhood on the prairie, and reminiscing that they both ended up in New York City. He so remarks on the fact that they do n’t see each other much. The storyteller besides states that Jim is ever off on concern a batch and that in a manner is good in a sense that he truly “ does n’t care for his married woman much ” anyhow. While discoursing his train trip, each and every subject by the storyteller and his friend Jim seem to stop up with them discoursing a immature miss named Antonia. Antonia is a girl whom he has lost in touch with over the old ages. Jim was besides a friend who knew Antonia. Jim references to the storyteller that he kept Hagiographas about Antonia. After a few months subsequently, the storyteller and Jim portion a portfolio that Jim has develop about the life of Antonia and her household. The portfolio read “ My Antonia ” across the forepart of it.
This narrative so recalls a clip of Jim at ten old ages old, his parents both dead is doing a trip from Virginia to remain with his parents in Black Hawk Nebraska. Jim merely being ten was going with a farm manus known as Jake Marpole who was non much more than Jim but knew a little more of the universe than Jim did. While on the train a music director openly expresses to Jim that an immigrant household who is besides on board is besides going to Black Hawk Nebraska. They are known as the Shimerdas, a Bohemian household that does n’t talk any English except for one of their kids known as Antonia who is non much older than Jim. The train eventually reaches Black Hawk. Jim and Jake acquire off the train merely to run into up with Otto Fuchs, who is one of the Burdens hired manus. As the male childs set off with Mr. Fuchs, Jim notices that the Shimerdas are puting off every bit good, he notices Antonia. Mr. Fuchs, Jake and Jim enter a covered waggon and Jim is a small afraid of the Nebraskan landscape of being so void. He finally falls asleep, while the waggon continues its journey. The following twenty-four hours while geting at the farm, Mrs. Burden, Jim ‘s grandma is happy to see him and so draws him a bath. Afterwards, Jim takes the remainder of the twenty-four hours to research his milieus. While at supper Jake discusses his hometown in Virginia with the Burdens. The flushing draws to a stopping point with household supplications. The following forenoon, Jim has an invitation to pick murphies with his grandma, but decides to reluctantly sit back in a pumpkin spot alternatively. Sunday forenoon begins with a trip to see the new neighbours, the Shimerdas. Jim ‘s grandma Mrs. Burden, makes a statement to her grandson on the fact that the Shimerdas were taken advantage of by being overcharge for their farmhouse, and besides the fact that it was non good insulated for the rough Nebraska winters. Besides, Mrs. Burden has made some fresh staff of life for her new Bohemian neighbours. While caught up in conversation with the Shimerdas and Mrs. Burden, Jim and Antonia decide to run off and play in the tall green grass with Antonia ‘s small sister Yulka going behind. Jim and Antonia begin to link good and Jim and starts to learn Antonia some English. Antonia ‘s male parent hears her girl and asked Mrs. Burden if she will learn Antonia the English linguistic communication. As the twenty-four hours wears on Jim takes his first pony drive. This will be one of many drives Jim will be fond of taking. As he rides the landscape imagines remind him of Mr. Fuchs narrative of the helianthuss that filled the land that sprang from the seed of the Church of jesus christ of latter-day saintss on the journey to Utah.
Jim loves the fact that he gets to sit his pony 2 times a hebdomad to the station office. Sometimes merely siting about traveling nowhere merely to see the pretty landscape that Nebraska has to offer, loosen up his head. Of class Antonia ever travels with him at his side larning what English she could. On one fall afternoon, Jim and Antonia visit her parents and the Shimerdas have favored him instantly. They meet up with Peter, whose neighbour that gives them a poke of Cucumis sativuss and milk. They besides encounter Mr. Shimerda who merely caught three coneies for his eventide dinner. The coneies fur will do an first-class winter chapeau for Antonia. One twenty-four hours Jim and Antonia takes a trip on his pony to see Peter to inquire him to borrow a spade so Ambrosch, Antoinas brother can utilize it. On the manner place, they spot a group of prairie-dog holes. Suddenly, Antonia sees an tremendous serpent and calls out aloud, which causes the serpent to travel in their direction.A She points at the serpent and cries at Jim in her ain linguistic communication. Jim turning approximately sees the serpent, fleetly gathers his marbless and uses the spade to kill it.
Jim gets upset at Antonia for non allowing him know in English about the presence of the serpent, but forgives her. They bring the dead serpent place to demo off Jim ‘s brush. The size and length of the serpent impresses Jim ‘s household, and Antonia takes great pleasance from associating the narrative. The Russians, Peter and Pavel, are holding a tough clip doing terminals meet. Peter finds himself profoundly in debt to a usurer whose known as Wick Cutter. In the interim, Peter has a bad hurt from a autumn. When Peter arrives at the Burdens ‘ to inquire the Shimerdas, who are sing, for aid. Jim decides to travel with Antonia and her male parent to the Russians ‘ farm. They arrive after nightfall and happen Pavel lying on the land, due to the wolf onslaughts. A piece ago when Peter and Pavel were shacking in Russia, attended a winter marrying party between a friend and a miss from a adjacent township. The narrative goes like this: On the manner place from the nuptials, a battalion of wolves attacked the marrying party while in their sleighs. Everyone died, with the exclusion of Pavel and Peter, who were maneuvering the sleighs that carried the freshly married twosome. While in a panicky attempt to buoy up that sleigh ‘s burden to travel faster Pavel had thrown the twosome to the wolves by chance! Oh my God! The shame of this incident drove Pavel and Peter from their hometown and finally from Russia. The memory of the horror of that flushing played in their caputs and in their Black Marias for both Pavel and Peter. Then Pavel dies yearss after Antonia and Jim ‘s visit. Peter sells all that he has and decides to go forth America. This makes Mr. Shimerda realizes that he had lost two of the lone friends he had made in this state. Pavel ‘s narrative continues to reminisce in Antonia and Jim ‘s lives good after Pavel is gone. At the first snowfall, Otto Fuchs begins to construct a sled for Jim. After it is to the full tested, Jim sets out to give Antonia and her sister a drive. The misss frock is unprepared for the cold conditions, while Jim gives offers some of his heavy vesture to them maintain warm. As a consequence, he himself is exposed to the cold, and ends up in bed for two hebdomads with an infection ( a terrible tonsil disease ) . Mrs. Burden brings a gift a cock and groceries to the Shimerdas. As they approach the Shimerda farm, Jim spots Antonia pumping H2O, but she sees him and flees back to the house. When Mrs. Shimerda welcomes the Burdens ‘ she is in cryings. The Shimerdas have really small nutrient stored up for the winter months and much of what they do hold is refuse. Then Jake brings in the gift basket of nutrient, Mrs. Shimerda merely cries louder! Mr. Shimerda explains that they were non street people in Bohemia, but that some unexpected bends and bad judgement have left them about no money.A While Mrs. Burden reassures the Shimerdas, Jim plays with Yulka ‘s small kitty. As the Burdens rise to go forth, Mrs. Shimerda gives a little gift basket of nutrient to Mrs. Burden. On the drive place, Jake and Mrs. Burden discuss the Shimerdas ‘ quandary. Later while doing supper, Mrs. Burden discards the gift basket of nutrient. Though he is non certain what the nutrient is, Jim breaks off a little piece anyhow and begins to nibble on it.