The Way of the World (short story)
Six boys live quietly together. Their main play is creating their "town": one boy is mayor, another a grocer, and so on. One day a girl, Mary Eliza Jenkins, makes friends with the mayor and the other "men", until they let her become a full citizen and open a new restaurant. It is a success until a boy from Chicago comes along and she devotes all her time to him. When the others tell her he must go, she decides to start her own town with him nearby. After her departure, no one is willing to put in any work at the game any more.
References to other works
- Roman mythology and Roman history are alluded to through Latium, Coriolanus and the Volscians, and Gaius Marius.
Literary significance and criticism
- Willa Cather's Collected Short Fiction, University of Nebraska Press; Rev Ed edition, 1 November 1970, page 404
- Willa Cather's Collected Short Fiction, University of Nebraska Press; Rev Ed edition, 1 November 1970, 'Introduction' by Mildred R. Bennett, page xxxvii