Show Boat is a novel written by Edna Ferber and published in 1926.
The book tells the story of three generations of artists in a floating theater on a steamboat called the Cotton Blossom, which travels between small towns on the banks of the Mississippi River.
The story takes place between the 1880s and 1920s, moving from the Reconstruction Era to Gilded Age Chicago and Roaring Twenties New York, finally returning back to the Mississippi River at the end of the story.
The book begins when Captain Andy and his wife Parthy Ann arrive in town on their show boat Cotton Blossom for a performance. There, his daughter Magnolia meets a handsome gambler, Gaylord Ravenal, and they both fall in love at first sight.
Bizarre as was the name she bore, Kim Ravenal always said she was thankful it had been no worse. She knew whereof she spoke, for it was literally by a breath that she had escaped being called Mississippi.
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And in the stillness of the room you heard the roar and howl and crash of the great river whose flood had caught them land shaken them and brought Magnolia Ravenal to bed ahead of her time.
He's going for the adventure of it. They always have, no matter what excuse they've given, from the Holy Grail to the California gold fields. The difference in America is that the women have always gone along.
'I may not know much' — another form of locution often favored by her. The tone in which it was spoken utterly belied the words; the tone told you that not only did she know much, but all.
But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and prophyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that.