"Dear America Like The Willow Tree"
Exposition: The story "Like The Willow Tree", takes place in Portland,Maine,1918.The main characters are Lydia Pierce,Sister Jennie and Shaker girls.A Spanish disease called the influenza.
Text Evidence Setting:Portland,Maine,1918. Is on page 1.
Rising Action:Lydia's parents and baby sister Lucy died.
Lydia and her brother,Daniel move in with Uncle Henry at his farm for a few days,then their Aunt Sarah makes them go to the United Society of Shakers in Sabbathday lake,Maine.Lydia and Daniel can't be together at the Shakers.
Text Evidence:I have not written for eight days.What could I write?Father is dead.Mother is dead.My baby sister, Lucy, is dead.
Climax:Daniel runs away from the Shakers.
Text Evidence: Daniel is gone.He crept away during the night and was not there in the boy's shop this morning when the bell rang.
Falling action: The first snow was December 11,1918.
Gloria tells Lydia where Daniel is.There was a blizzard in late April.
Text Evidence: Oxford Hills!That's not very far away!
Resolution:Lydia graduated at the top of her class and later got married and had two daughters.
Four Facts in 1918-1919
7:30 A.M-The bell on the Dwelling House rings to summon all to breakfast.
8:00-Morning prayers.We read (responsively) two Psalms,followed by bible readings,prayer,silent prayers and ending with the singing of a Shaker song.
12:00 P.M-Dinner.This is the main meal of the day.
The United Society of Believers,commonly called Shakers,was founded in 1747,in
The influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War,known today as World War 1,at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people.
More people died of influenza in a single year than in four -years of the Black Death Plague from 1347 to 1351.