Gwen Pharis Ringwood, Still Stands the House

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“The icy wind of a northern blizzard sweeps across the prairie, lashes around the old Warren farmhouse, and howls insistently at the doors and window.” Thus begins

Still Stands the House

, one of the best-known and most frequently performed Canadian one-act plays of the 20th Century. Wracked by the Depression and the devastations of drought, the future of the Warren farm in Alberta, western Canada hangs in the balance. The pressure is on Bruce to either sell the family homestead and take an irrigated farm closer to town, or to hold on for another year in “next-year country”. His pregnant wife, Ruth, urges him to sell the land to give their child a better chance at life. His middle-aged spinster sister, Hester, who has sacrificed her own future to her late father’s dream of…

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Citation: Day, Moira. "Still Stands the House". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 August 2004 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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