Olivia Dunne Character Analysis

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Olivia Dunne is a young woman of Denver who has become pregnant by a flight instructor on leave during the war. Embarrassed by his daughter 's out of pregnancy her father decides to deal with the isusue by quietly arranging for her to marrige Livvy is sent off to a rural town in south eastern Colorado there to be married to a young farmer in need of a wife. The grouom is Ray Singleton, who farms a remote section of land on a family farm. Hearing Livvys dillemmi from his patstor Ray is moved by the story and agrees to marry with out even having met her. Without the knowlege to Livvy, Ray has suffered the loss of both his father and mother, and the further loss of his younger brother when he was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Though…show more content…
Livvy has the benefit of a good education and until recently had been in graduate school studying archeology. The posssesser of a broad formal educiation, she knows nothing of cooking or farming and is not particularly devoted to her religious beliefs Though out reavling she has felt part and lonely since the death of her mother. Ray is a man of few words. A hard worker he is kind, honest and patient. Family life and faith in God have been the central features of Rays life. His daily activity is focused on working his family 's farm. Livvy and Ray strive hard to be polite and courteous to one another, but are nevertheless awkward in each other 's company.
Though she agreed to marry to please her father, Livvy never intended to remain in this stark life. She secretly writes to Edward Brown, the flight instructor who is the father of her child. A visit by her sister brings sharp contrast between the life Livvy came from and the life she is living now, but it is also apparent how much Livvy has changed her view of her surroundings. Her sister has no news of Brown, who has yet to answer Livvy 's letters. Now without her husband who has been called up to serve, her sister finds herself lonely. She asks Livvy to leave Ray to come stay with her suggesting
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