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Wow, this was Willa Cather's first published piece? I'm amazed and impressed! Her prose is lovely and descriptive. I feel as though I was really there. She truly was a brilliant writer! The hauntingly realistic characters remind me of Henry James' writing.
The performance... was strange. This must have been recorded decades ago, for two reasons: First, the reader has the affected accent of times past. That having been said, it does fit the upper-class American setting of the story. Second, the recording quality is crazy bad. At times he sounds like he's recording this in a bathroom, and at others in a closet, or under a blanket. Still other times it sounds like someone held a microphone to the speaker of their RCA Victor radio and recorded it.
However by the end of the story I found myself so compelled by the writing that the auditory distractions were no longer an issue.