The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains is a 1902 novel set in the Wild West by the American Writer Owen Wister, (1860-1938).
The Virginian is a classic. A range introduction is taken by Wister, as Though he needed a movie camera in the first few pages, then describing exactly what he American landscape today.
Even today. People from the old West were worried about pollution and clean atmosphere And so we meet”The Virginian”. The rest with descriptions of the landscape, segues of thought, It has been the first true fictional western ever written, aside from pulp dime books and brief stories and describes the life span of a cowboy on a cattle ranch in Wyoming.
The Virginian paved the way by such writers as Louis L’Amour Zane Grey, and others for more westerns.
Opinion, politics, etc… For me, it brought the alive, made me care about the characters and, yes, see how history repeats itself innuendoes.
Saw in the train window as everybody noticed that distinctive cow-puncher who managed to corral the wild horse when others
This novel introduced the new American hero and a new way of writing with no Jane Austen angst and insufferable hoity-toity.
Regardless of it created a sensation.
The novel revolves around the Virginian and the life that he lives. As well as describing the Virginian’s conflict with Trampas his enemy, and his romance with the pretty schoolteacher Wister weaves a story of action.
The novel begins from East and his experience with a really tall and handsome stranger, with an unnamed narrator’s arrival in Medicine Bow, Wyoming.
The stranger proves adept at facing a gambler, Trampas, who calls him a son of a bitch down, as well as roping horses. The stranger lays a pistol on the table and gently threatens “When you call me that, grin!” .
Known just as the Virginian, the stranger turns out to be the narrator’s escort to Judge Henry’s ranch in Sunk Creek, Wyoming.
As the two travel the 263 miles to the ranch, the narrator, nicknamed the “tenderfoot” and the Virginian start to come to understand one another as the Tenderfoot gradually starts to understand the character of life at the West, that is very different from what he expected.
This meeting is also the point of episodes and also the beginning of a lifelong friendship. A deadly shootout resolves the continuing conflict with Trampas.
The Virginian and Molly ride off together to spend a month in the hills and then travel back East to meet with her family. Molly’s great-aunt receives a bit stiffly by the immediate Wood family, but warmly them.
In one scene, the Virginian has been forced to participate in the hanging of an acknowledged cattle thief, who was his close friend. The hanging is symbolized to the corruption and lack of actions of the government, but the Virginian feels it to be a duty that was horrible.
He is especially stricken from the bravery where the burglar faces his fate, and the significant burden that the act puts on his heart creates the emotional core of the story.
The book ends imagining that the Virginian became an important guy in the land with a family.